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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it is vital that Sergio Pérez increases his number of points in the upcoming races.
The team has fallen 33 points behind rivals Mercedes in the fight for the constructors’ championship. Pérez has scored 16 points in the last six races compared to 62.5 for Max Verstappen. Horner said it is “very important” for Perez to close the gap with his teammate in the remaining rounds.
“I think he scored 16 points in the last six races, which is a combination of bad luck and other misfortunes,” Horner said. “So we desperately need him to get there in the remaining races.”
Perez failed to score in three straight races at Silverstone, where he crashed in sprint qualifying and the team faced him from a scorer position late in the race for tactical reasons, the Hungaroring, where he was eliminated by an opponent at the start. . and Spa, where it crashed in extreme conditions during its reconnaissance lap.
He scored modest points in subsequent races at Zandvoort, where he was eliminated in Q1, and Sochi, where he was running in a podium position when rain fell late in the race and he was left outside on slick tires. He finished third on the road at Monza, but dropped to fifth on a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
“The last two races could have been on the podium,” Horner said. “Obviously we had the problem with the edge of the track at Monza. He had a bad pit stop in Sochi and then of course the tire choice we were on turned out to be the wrong one on that lap.
“So things could have gone differently for him, but I’m sure it will be resolved in the remaining seven races.”
Pérez was the quicker of the two Red Bull drivers in practice today, six hundredths of a second ahead of Verstappen. Horner said the team has work to do to reduce its half-second deficit with leader Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes.
“The characteristics of the circuit are somewhat different from those of 12 months ago,” he explained. “I think it is just a matter of marking the car on the tarmac, the way it is behaving and the nature of this circuit. So it’s going to be a very busy night for engineers both here and in Milton Keynes. “
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