Horner: Perez Can Finally Relax as F1 Title Pressure Subsides
After an impressive start to the 2023 season, Sergio Perez’s chances of challenging for the F1 title seemed promising. With two victories in the first four races, he was just six points behind Verstappen and considered a potential contender.
However, Perez’s hopes dwindled when Verstappen secured a Red Bull one-two finish in Miami, widening the gap between them. The situation worsened for Perez in Monaco, where he crashed during Q1 and struggled to gain any points in a challenging race.
In Spain, Perez faced another difficult qualifying session, starting from 11th place. However, he managed to recover well and finished in fourth position during the race.
Verstappen’s victories in Monaco and Spain extended his lead, resulting in a 53-point gap between the two Red Bull drivers.
Horner believes that Perez’s solid performance in Barcelona will help him find some relief amidst the dwindling title challenge.
“I think this will boost his confidence,” Horner stated. “After a tough time in Monaco and a challenging Saturday here, he had a stronger Sunday.”
Horner continued, “Considering the significant gap between the drivers now, this should alleviate some of the pressure he has been facing. It will allow him to relax, avoid self-imposed pressure, and rediscover the form he displayed earlier in the season.”
Furthermore, Horner expressed his confidence in Perez’s capabilities, citing races like Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia as evidence of his potential. He anticipates that Perez will regain his form in the near future.
The team’s simulations predicted that Perez could climb from 11th to fifth place in Spain, surpassing expectations by finishing in fourth.
“The simulation indicated a clean race could result in P5,” Horner explained. “Perez went one step further and secured P4. We anticipated that the Ferraris would have better race pace than they actually did.”
Horner praised Perez’s recovery during the second half of the race, as he closed in on the podium, challenging George Russell.
“Towards the end, he was within a couple of seconds of the podium and was even hunting down George Russell. It was an impressive comeback, particularly in the latter part of the race,” Horner concluded.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about title pressure
What were Sergio Perez’s results in the early races of the 2023 F1 season?
Sergio Perez won two out of the four opening races of the 2023 season. He secured victories in Azerbaijan and another race, positioning himself as a potential title challenger.
How did Perez’s performance in Monaco affect his title chances?
Perez had a disastrous weekend in Monaco. He crashed during the qualifying session and finished well out of the points in the race. This setback significantly impacted his chances of challenging for the F1 title.
How did Perez perform in the Spanish Grand Prix?
What did Christian Horner say about Perez’s performance in Barcelona?
Christian Horner, the team principal, mentioned that Perez’s solid race in Barcelona would help him relax. He believed that with the significant gap between the Red Bull drivers, the pressure would be reduced, allowing Perez to find his form and regain confidence.
How did the team’s simulations predict Perez’s performance in Spain?
The team’s simulations indicated that Perez could climb from 11th to fifth place in the Spanish Grand Prix. However, Perez exceeded expectations by finishing in fourth place, showcasing his skill and determination.
What did Horner say about Perez’s future performances?
Horner expressed confidence in Perez’s abilities and believed that he would rediscover his earlier form in the near future. He mentioned races like Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia as examples of Perez’s capabilities and expected him to showcase similar performances.