Crimson Bull has gained races in six of the seven seasons since Mercedes changed it as F1’s benchmark staff initially of the turbo hybrid period, however since Ricciardo left to affix Renault on the finish of 2018, solely Verstappen has continued to take victories.
Within the two seasons since Ricciardo’s departure, Alex Albon’s pair of podiums symbolize the one occasions Crimson Bull’s different driver has managed to complete within the high three out of 38 races in that span, with each Albon and predecessor Pierre Gasly enduring a big tempo hole to Verstappen throughout their respective transient time as his teammate.
Perez, a 10-season F1 veteran and race winner following his 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix triumph, has been introduced on board to attempt to guarantee Crimson Bull has two automobiles repeatedly threatening or beating the Mercedes drivers in 2021.
Crimson Bull has misplaced ends in the final two seasons when Mercedes was in a position to efficiently use the strategic benefit of two automobiles combating one rival.
Horner acknowledges that Perez could have a tricky time matching Verstappen instantly in 2021 due to the restricted pre-season testing time out there this yr (three days), however has revealed his expectations of Crimson Bull’s new line-up – which incorporates a driver not promoted from its junior programme for the primary time since 2007.
“It will be very troublesome to get himself up to the mark in only one check, straightaway,” Horner mentioned in an unique interview for this week’s Autosport journal.
“However he has the advantage of loads of expertise and, after all, we expect him to be near Max and difficult – in a approach that we had with Daniel Ricardo and Max for 3 seasons.
“So, hopefully, Sergio can play an actual, actually essential position for the staff in getting each automobiles, on a constant foundation, close to to the Mercedes.”
When requested how he thought Verstappen was progressing after practically 5 full years racing for Crimson Bull since his shock promotion forward of the 2016 Spanish GP, Horner mentioned: “I feel Max has completed a terrific job.
“I feel he is matured enormously over the previous couple of years. And I feel what he is extracted from the automobile within the final couple years has been actually spectacular.
“In a automobile that hasn’t been nearly as good because the Mercedes [and] to have gained 5 races within the final two years with Honda energy [as well], I feel he is completed a unbelievable job.
“And we simply as a staff want to have the ability to try this on a extra constant foundation over the course of a 23-race season.”
The total interview with Christian Horner is included on this week’s concern of Autosport journal, which is out there in outlets and online.