What is expected from Sergio Perez in the new season is crystal clear. Red Bull suffered for two seasons because his young men from the academy could not keep up with the pace of Max Verstappen, which made it even harder to threaten the dominance of the powerful Mercedes.
Christian Horner, therefore, emphasizes that the Mexican was brought in so that the Bulls could fight the Silver Arrows with two cars. Ever since Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull, victories for that team have been brought exclusively by Max Verstappen.
Neither Pierre Gasly nor Alexander Albon was able to keep up with the Dutchman’s pace, nor come to a victory in the Red Bull car. The statistics look even worse if we know that this “second” Red Bull car has only been on the podium twice in 38 races.
The head of the team is aware that he has to give Perez some time to catch the strings, especially since the pre-season tests this season will be extremely short, but he is quite clear when he says what he expects from him.
Horner on Ricciardo
“It will be very difficult for him to catch the right speed in just one test, however, he can use a large amount of experience he has and of course, we expect him somewhere close to Max and to be his challenger.
In a way that was the case with Daniel Ricciardo and Max for three seasons. ” "We hope that Sergio will be able to play a big and really important role in our team and help us to be close to Mercedes on a regular basis with both cars," Horner told Autosport.
Verstappen, on the other hand, has been at Red Bull for almost five years now. Everyone remembers the promotion from Toro Rosso in 2016 and his debut victory at the Spanish GP. Horner praises the Dutchman's progress and the way he opposes the drivers of the dominant Mercedes from year to year.
“I think Max has done a great job and has matured enormously in the last few years. I’d say it’s truly impressive how much he’s got the most of our car in the last couple of years. In a car that wasn’t as good as a Mercedes, he won five races in the last two years.
I think it's a fantastic job. " Pre-season testing begins on March 12, and the date when Red Bull will present its car for the 2021 World Cup is still pending.