Within the deciding Q3 shootout at Monza, Perez left the pitlane forward of Verstappen to offer the Dutchman with a vital tow that compromised his personal end result within the course of.
The help from Perez helped Verstappen qualify third for Saturday’s dash, crucially simply forward of each McLarens, as Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row.
Crew principal Horner praised Perez’s position as a group participant, suggesting that Verstappen was “susceptible” to being outqualified by the Mercedes-powered McLaren automobiles.
Whereas Verstappen edged Lando Norris by 0.023s, Horner estimated that the dearth of a tow price Perez half a second as he ended up six tenths down on Verstappen in ninth – forward solely of Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo.
“I’ve to say, Checo performed a key position as a group participant in the present day to offer his team-mate a tow and assist Max get into that place, as a result of I feel we have been susceptible to the McLarens,” Horner advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“Max up there in P3, Checo most likely sacrificed half a second. So, he ought to have been greater than the place he’s, however we have been fairly proud of that end result.
“Primarily based on what the deficit was final 12 months, we just about halved that hole [to Mercedes].”
Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Perez defined his automotive was “actually low on downforce” for Friday’s qualifying session and conceded that making up floor in Saturday’s 18-lap dash, which units the grid for Sunday’s grand prix, shall be a problem.
‘We have been struggling there, we’re actually low on downforce,” he stated.
“Simply attempting to optimise the Sunday, so hopefully that may pay us again after which tomorrow within the dash race, hopefully we will make up some positions and are available by way of the sphere. The long term appears promising.
“The dash shall be fairly onerous, as a result of it will likely be a DRS practice very early on, however it’s an extended race and lots of issues can occur tomorrow.”
Horner believes the truth that Verstappen’s title rival Hamilton is ranging from second, on the soiled facet of the grid, may hand Verstappen a bonus ranging from the cleaner facet of the observe straight behind Bottas.
“What’s fascinating is the run right down to Flip 1,” he added.
“Max is on the precise facet of the grid, hopefully he can decide up a tow on the run right down to Flip 1. So, it places much more emphasis, I am certain.
“Lewis would have most likely most popular to be on the left [rather] than the precise.
“It’ll make it a extremely thrilling dash race, which after all is successfully the qualifier.”