Sergio Perez for Home F1 Victory? Christian Horner Gives a Subtle Answer

Published 11/06/2021, 9:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez celebrate after Verstappen qualified for pole position. REUTERS/Mike Blake


Ever since Formula 1 marched its way into the American continent this year, the talk of the town has been Sergio Perez; after an almost-home race in the United States where the Red Bull driver enjoyed massive fan support, it is time for Perez to show his class in front his actual home crowd in Mexico.

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And it has been a decent start for him, delivering commendable results on Friday. The Mexican, unlike earlier this season, is pacing well with the title contenders on the track. Hence, there is a significant chance that he will challenge Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for the pole and, subsequently, the win as well.

However, the biggest question is, will Red Bull let Perez win the race if at all he ends up leading the pack on Sunday? Well, the Red Bull F1 boss, Christian Horner, is ready to risk accomplishing Perez’s dream (winning in Mexico) but affirmed it would entirely depend on the race scenario.

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What did the Red Bull boss say?

As reported by Motorsport-Total, Horner openly confessed that even if Perez is leading the race but is holding up Verstappen and Hamilton, a driver-swap would be his only choice, But, in any other case, Red Bull seem happy to let Perez take the victory.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses for a picture with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Horner reckoned he would prefer “if Checo were able to win his home race because there is no better result for a home driver.

However, Red Bull “needs to keep an eye on these two championships and know what’s at stake. And this race has the same number of points attributed to it as any other, so we treat it like any other race,” the Briton said. (Translated via Google Translate)

Horner’s motive is clear with Sergio Perez

Horner did point out that Perez is no longer competing for the drivers’ championship. However, he is very much the X-factor in the constructors’ championship. Hence, if Perez winning the race is all it takes for Red Bull to take home the maximum number of points from the weekend, then Red Bull are more than happy with it.

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It’s a team sport and everyone plays their role on the team. If we have to maximize our points, then we have to do that too,” he concluded.

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

Overall, imagine Red Bull ordering Perez to let Verstappen by for the race victory in front of the Mexican fans. This scenario is going to cause a massive stir and, most importantly, hate towards the team.

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But, again, Perez, with his abundant racing experience, will acknowledge Red Bull’s motive and oblige with it. So, how is the upcoming Mexican GP going to pan out? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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