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F1 News: Red Bull’s Christian Horner Gives Verdict On Sergio Perez’s Title Chances

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has voiced his opinion on Sergio Perez’s chances of becoming the new Formula One World Champion, and his outlook isn’t promising.

Max Verstappen, who dominated the 2022 season, took the driver’s title at the Japanese Grand Prix, followed by another championship win for the team at the Austin Grand Prix. The Dutch driver also made history by setting two new records: the most race wins in a single season, with 15, and the most points earned in a season, with 454.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 09: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 talks with race engineer Hugh Bird in the garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Austria Sprint at Red Bull Ring on July 09, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207090479 // Usage for editorial use only //

Perez, on the other hand, had a strong third-place finish in the championship with two wins at Monaco and Singapore and a total of 149 points.

As Perez enters his third season with Red Bull, Horner stated that the Mexican driver has the ability to challenge Verstappen but probably won’t this season. In an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Horner explained:

“Max’s form makes him the man to beat. He’s the reigning World Champion, and Checo has to strive for that. If not, why bother competing?

“However, I believe that Max is likely to be the stronger candidate for the World Championship this season.

“But Checo has the capability to keep up and both drivers need to perform at their best for the Constructors’ Championship.”

Horner went on to say that Perez knows what is expected of him and being Verstappen’s teammate is a daunting task. He added:

“Checo is aware of what is expected of him, and being paired with Max is a challenge for any driver.

“However, Perez has handled it well and was crucial in helping Red Bull win the Constructors’ Championship [in 2022]. He also had a close finish in third place in the [Drivers’ Championship], and won two Grand Prix [in Monaco and Singapore].

“Since joining Red Bull in 2021, Perez has shown great development.”

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