Perez impressively maneuvered from ninth on the grid with numerous key overtakes, joining the race victor Max Verstappen on the podium, thereby aiding Red Bull in making history by winning its 12th consecutive race – a record-breaking streak that hadn’t been seen in 35 years.
The commendable race by the Mexican driver came after a series of five races where he’d started beyond the top 10 on the grid, having only managed to achieve a solitary podium at the Red Bull Ring during that stretch.
Daniel Ricciardo’s return to racing with Red Bull’s associate team AlphaTauri has been widely perceived as a possible assessment for the Australian’s potential promotion to the top team. Despite this speculation, Red Bull continues to publicly back Perez, whose contract extends till the end of 2024.
Horner, in a conversation with Sky Sports after the race, lauded Perez for delivering “a brilliant race today”.
“His recovery and overtaking was audacious,” Horner remarked.
“He demonstrated rapid pace, remarkable position gains, and executed successful overtakes on Fernando [Alonso] and [Oscar] Piastri. His strategy was on point; he was exceptional today.
“A race of this caliber certainly instills tremendous self-belief.
“His overtaking, the courage he displayed, was for me a defining drive today – essentially saying ‘don’t count me out’.”
Sergio Perez, from Red Bull Racing, in 3rd position, jubilantly celebrates with his team in Parc Ferme.
Photo by: Zak Mauger / F1 Flow Images
Horner also expressed his sentiments on the team’s historic achievement, surpassing McLaren’s 1988 record of 11 wins, as their victory run continues since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Red Bull is still undefeated in 2023, with Verstappen clinching nine out of the 11 Grand Prix races thus far, and Perez winning the remaining two.
Horner stated: “As a young kid, I remember admiring the McLarens of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna accomplishing that remarkable feat. To realize we’ve now surpassed that…
“They were an extraordinary team, and Ron Dennis was an exceptional team principal. The fact that we’ve now surpassed that achievement signifies the relentless effort of the entire team, both here in Budapest and in Milton Keynes, and everyone working behind the scenes. It’s an achievement that means so much to us.”
F1 Hungarian GP: Verstappen Wins by 33s, Securing Record-breaking Victory for Red Bull
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Perez’s Hungarian F1 Performance
How did Perez perform in the Hungarian F1?
Perez delivered an impressive performance in the Hungarian F1, skillfully moving up from ninth on the grid with several key overtakes. He joined race winner Max Verstappen on the podium and played a significant role in Red Bull’s historic 12th consecutive victory.
Where did Perez start in the grid?
Perez started from the ninth position on the grid in the Hungarian F1.
How many races had Perez started outside the top 10 before the Hungarian F1?
Before the Hungarian F1, Perez had started outside the top 10 in a series of five races.
What did Christian Horner say about Perez’s performance?
Christian Horner, in a conversation with Sky Sports, praised Perez for delivering a brilliant race. He remarked on Perez’s audacious recovery and overtaking, rapid pace, and remarkable position gains. He considered it a defining drive from Perez, essentially saying ‘don’t count me out’.
What record did Red Bull break?
Red Bull broke a 35-year-old record by scoring its 12th victory in succession in the Hungarian F1, surpassing McLaren’s 1988 record of 11 wins.
Who is the current unbeaten team in 2023?
As of the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2023, Red Bull remains the unbeaten team, with Max Verstappen winning nine out of the 11 Grand Prix races so far, and Sergio Perez taking the other two.