Perez was operating third within the closing levels at Austin, with second positioned Hamilton heading in the right direction to seize the additional championship level that comes from taking the quickest lap.
With the title battle between Verstappen and Hamilton so tightly poised, one of many options of this season has been of Mercedes and Pink Bull making an attempt to disclaim their rival the additional quickest lap through the use of their second drivers.
Most famously on the British Grand Prix, Perez had been operating in tenth place – and appeared heading in the right direction to maneuver up the order – when Pink Bull ordered him to surrender a factors scoring end to take quickest lap from Hamilton.
At Austin on Sunday, Perez was not able to have a free pit cease with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc inside vary within the closing levels, so a late name for recent tyres would have dropped him out of the highest three.
And, on a day when Perez had battled in opposition to sickness and dehydration brought on by a damaged drinks system, Pink Bull agrees it might have been an excessive amount of to ask him to surrender the rostrum merely to harm Hamilton.
“It could have been brutal to pit Checo and take him off the rostrum,” mentioned Horner when requested by Autosport about why they opted in opposition to going for the quickest lap.
Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing, third place, lifts his trophy
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
“Leclerc was clearly too shut behind. Within the collective place of the workforce it was higher for Checo to take the factors. So that is what we did.”
Perez’s third place in Austin was his second consecutive podium end, and comes at a time when Pink Bull is aware of he can play a vital function within the championship battle.
Horner mentioned that what Perez delivered in America, in opposition to the backdrop of being unwell, was spectacular and reveals that he’s now getting on prime of the RB16B automotive.
“The best way he managed the race, you can see his confidence is rising,” Horner informed Sky.
“That is the second race in a row he is on the rostrum now. His dwelling race is arising. He is discovering his type, which is essential for us right now of the yr.”