Christian Horner Likely To Elude Team Orders on Sergio Perez Fearing Mexican Wrath

Published 11/05/2021, 7:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Going into the Mexican GP weekend, the focus is on Sergio Perez. Regardless of favorite team and driver, F1 fans want Checo lifting the victor’s trophy at his home race. However, with the championship battle coming to an end, the fear of team orders kicked in. However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner clears any suspicion of impeding Perez’s race.

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Team orders have been the talk of the weekend; many fear that if Perez leads a Red Bull 1-2, he would have to give up his position to his title-contending teammate. Having a real shot at a home victory with a beast of a Red Bull aiding him, it would be a shame if the team intervened on Perez’s race.

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Nonetheless, Horner made a rather promising statement regarding the situation. “That would be a very hard decision to take a home win away from him. We probably wouldn’t be able to leave the track alive.” Although joking, Horner should be wary of the Mexican fans, who are thoroughly invested in their paladin.

With only a Friday down in the Mexican GP itinerary, the grandstands roar for Checo and the sight of his raging bull. After two free practice sessions, Perez remains a consistent fourth on the timesheets; not too bad of a result ahead of the more serious qualifying session waiting for the driver on Saturday.

Sergio Perez hopes for a win at home with Red Bull

A quick drive through Mexico City will reveal Sergio Perez plastered across billboards, and on various cardboard cutouts; the fans are serious about their driver. And so is Checo. He is now on his turf, with a car stronger than one he has in his entire career. It’s eyes on the prize for Perez this weekend.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Additionally, it looks like Perez has found his form, with consecutive podium appearances in the last two races. It looks like a bright and sunny weekend for Perez in Mexico. However, the looming worries of a dreaded team order are still present.

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Perez is confident in himself and his RB16B. “I really want to carry on my form. I’m feeling more at home now with the team and the car, and I really hope I can put a great Saturday [together] because overtaking here is generally very hard… So I look forward to putting together a good qualifying.”

When asked about the hazard of team orders, Perez hoped he wouldn’t be in such a position, knowing that his team would want him to win as well. “I think it will be a great problem to have from my side…I think depending on the circumstances, we’ll see. But I’m pretty sure that the whole team, Red Bull, everyone wants me to win this weekend.”

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As the weekend looks promising for Checo, one can only hope fireworks and champagne await the Mexican when he crosses the finish line on Sunday. Vamos Checo!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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