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Red Bull eyeing yet another F1 record, reliant on Perez performances

The Milton Keynes-based outfit could add to their impressive records for the 2023 season

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Red Bull are hoping to set a historic first for their team, as long as driver Sergio Perez can keep close company to teammate Max Verstappen.

Red Bull are relying on Sergio Perez to improve on his recent performances, after P8 at the Singapore Grand Prix and retirement at the following Japanese Grand Prix (Image Credit: @SChecoPerez on X)

The Milton Keynes-based outfit have so far dominated the 2023 season, winning all but one of the 16 rounds which culminated in winning the Constructors’ Championship with six rounds to spare.

They have broken numerous records this year, with the most consecutive race wins for a single team with 15 victories and star driver Max Verstappen winning ten races in a row to break the record for most consecutive wins for a single driver.

But the team is still not satisfied in their quest for more glory. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is eyeing another record for the dominant team to add to their name.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the boss is hoping that Red Bull can secure their first ever 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship. He said: “It’s something that we’ve never achieved; we’ve never finished first and second with any of our drivers in the world championship so it would be a big thing for us to achieve.”

Horner added that he’s expecting Perez to maintain second in the Standings, with Verstappen as runaway leader. He continued: “He’s got at least a one race weekend sort of buffer to Lewis [Hamilton] and greater than that to Fernando [Alonso] behind him.”

“He came close last year, it would be his best-ever result, and he’s got the best car that he’s ever had to be able to try and achieve that result.”

Perez: Hot or not?

Perez is way off teammate Verstappen in the points Standings, with the pair on 223 and 400 points respectively. Nevertheless, the Mexican is 33 points clear of third-placed Lewis Hamilton. Question is, can he keep hold of second in the Drivers’ Championship?

According to his most recent performances, perhaps not. Red Bull struggled to find the right balance in Singapore, handing Ferrari their first win of the season with Perez slumping in eighth place.

The 34-year-old proceeded to completely drop the ball at the next round in Japan, retiring from the race twice with two broken front wings and time penalties to boot in a self-proclaimed “disastrous weekend”.

On the other hand, Perez has also stated that his self-confidence is at an all-time high after working diligently with his mental coach. While he admits his 2023 challenge is already long gone, he hopes to compete with Verstappen for the 2024 crown.

For now however, Red Bull will be willing Perez on to stave off the challenges of Hamilton, Alonso and the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc in the battle for second in the Drivers’ Standings.

Feature Image Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

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