Red Bull have ‘problem on their hands’ as Sergio Perez looks to dethrone Max Verstappen

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DAMON HILL warns Purple Bull face a critical risk as Sergio Perez closes in on Max Verstappen.

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Purple Bull have a critical ‘downside on their arms’ as Sergio Perez is ‘getting nearer’ to Max Verstappen, says Damon Hill. The 1996 champion has warned each drivers need to be world champion which might drive Purple Bull to handle an inter-team battle.

Hill mentioned: “Within the Purple Bull staff, any staff that’s acquired two vehicles in competition has an issue on its arms. It is a good downside to have however they each need to be world champion.

“He’s already been world champion as soon as, he’s by no means been world champion. That is such a large factor for a driver.

“Take into consideration Sergio, years within the wilderness. Now right here he’s, in competition. You’d be forgiven for considering he’s main the world championship, he’s not, his teammate is main the world championship however he’s getting nearer on a regular basis.”

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Red Bull have 'problem on their hands' as Sergio Perez looks to dethrone Max Verstappen

Purple Bull have a ‘downside on their arms’, warns Damon Hill (Picture: Getty)

Perez has starred since signing a brand new two-year contract extension, selecting up his third profession win final outing on the Monaco Grand Prix. The Mexican has additionally beat his reigning world champion team-mate in each session forward of qualifying this weekend on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as he goals to safe back-to-back wins.

Perez now lies simply 15 factors behind Verstappen and this could possibly be reduce to eight by the top of the weekend. Workforce principal Christian Horner has additionally warned Perez is a ‘lot nearer’ to Verstappen on pure tempo this season.

The Purple Bull boss has additionally clarified that the Mexican can nonetheless struggle for the world championship on equal footing with Verstappen.

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Red Bull have 'problem on their hands' as Sergio Perez looks to dethrone Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen leads Sergio Perez by simply 15 factors (Picture: Getty)

There have been fears the staff would prioritise Verstappen after Perez was requested to let the Dutchman by means of in Spain. Nevertheless, Horner careworn forward of Baku that this was not the case

He mentioned: “It would not matter to us which of the 2 is world champion. After all, the constructors’ is enormously essential. However whether or not it is Max or Checo, they’re each Purple Bull drivers, they usually’ve each acquired the identical probability.

“After all, it is a lengthy, lengthy season, and it’ll have its ebbs and flows. But it surely’s nice to have each drivers proper on the sharp finish. Checo is within the type of his profession, he is doing an amazing job. And it is not a one-off. I imply, we noticed his pole place in Jeddah. And he is actually hitting a wealthy vein of type.”

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