Though Perez missed out on a podium end to Fernando Alonso in final weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix by simply 0.053 seconds, it was nonetheless his best weekend since he completed second on the Italian Grand Prix again in September.
Perez felt he was heading in the right direction to affix race winner Max Verstappen on the entrance row until he was hampered by a yellow flag in Friday’s qualifying session, brought on by Oscar Piastri’s ultimate nook tour forward of him, forcing the Mexican to begin ninth.
Following large progress he made in a mammoth three-day simulator session at its Milton Keynes manufacturing unit previous to america Grand Prix, Pink Bull says that Perez’s step ahead is now real.
“I assumed he drove brilliantly nicely,” stated Horner concerning the Brazilian GP weekend.
“He had a bit little bit of a wobble at [Turn] 2, which allowed Fernando, who was fairly fast on the straights at present, to have a go. He did his greatest to hold on to it although.
“However I feel for Checo to outscore Lewis [Hamilton] by 12 factors this weekend, it has been a really sturdy weekend for him.
“A 3rd within the dash, fourth from ninth on the grid with the yellow flag he acquired in qualifying, I feel there’s been superb factors for him.”
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Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB19, George Russell, Mercedes W14
Requested what precisely had modified to assist Perez seem like a lot extra snug with the RB19, Horner stated: “I feel he is focusing extra on the fundamentals. And I feel that is coming collectively for him.”
Perez had felt that the pre-Austin simulator work had given him what he wanted to ship podium type for Pink Bull – however alternatives had slipped via his fingers in each the USA and Mexico.
Nevertheless, having come so near producing two podiums in Brazil, Horner felt that it had been a major weekend for Perez.
“I feel it was vital for his confidence,” stated Horner. “That is the Checo that we all know, and we all know what he’s able to.
“It is going to give him simply the increase he wants going to Vegas, one other avenue observe that he all the time performs nicely at. After which it’s Abu Dhabi one week after.”