In a bodily gruelling Qatar Grand Prix the place some drivers have been reportedly near passing out and others taken to the medical centre in the extreme heat, Perez climbed from a pitlane begin to rating some extent in tenth place.
His pitlane begin adopted being taken out in a Saturday dash race shunt with Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg. This required in depth repairs and new energy unit elements, which have been carried out exterior of parc ferme guidelines to represent a guidelines breach.
As team-mate Max Verstappen dominated the grand prix, Perez’s race was notable for selecting up three five-second penalties for exceeding observe limits on six events.
After his messy race, Crimson Bull workforce principal Horner mentioned Perez have to be taken apart because the squad “desperately” wants him to rediscover his kind to maintain the runner-up spot.
“I feel we actually want to sit down down with Checo as a result of we all know what he is able to and he isn’t hitting that kind in the intervening time,” mentioned Horner.
“We desperately want him to search out that kind to maintain this second place within the championship.
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB19, Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C43
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“So, it was irritating that he is solely come out of the weekend with one level and I feel he might have, even ranging from the again of the grid, there was a chance to attain closely at present or decently.
“However we’ll help him as a lot as we will as a result of there’s the triple-header arising [United States, Mexico, Brazil]. There’s an enormous quantity of factors with dash races as nicely.”
Whereas Lewis Hamilton was eradicated in a Flip 1 shunt together with his Mercedes team-mate George Russell, for which the seven-time world champion took “100%” of the responsibility, Perez solely leads the Briton by 30 factors forward of the ultimate 5 rounds.
Horner hopes the help Perez will obtain from followers over the subsequent three races, together with his dwelling occasion in Mexico Metropolis, will assist restore his confidence.
He added that Perez wanted to “cease the merry-go-round” over his kind and “return to fundamentals”.
“I feel you simply have to typically kind of take your foot off, put it on the ground, cease the merry-go-round and simply return to fundamentals. And that is what we’ll do,” he mentioned.
“Everyone knows what Checo is able to and we wish to help him to get again right into a place the place whilst close to in the past as Monza, he was ending in second place to Max.”