Red Bull boss Christian Horner ‘worried’ by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez fighting

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RED BULL star Sergio Perez was requested to keep away from preventing Max Verstappen because the Dutchman secured his fifth win of the season on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner will probably be involved and ‘apprehensive’ that his driver partnership of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will come to a head as they doubtlessly battle for the world title in 2022. Regardless of Ferrari’s early season type, unreliability has given Purple Bull the impetus with Verstappen atop the Drivers’ Championship and Perez in second.

After enjoying a key function in Verstappen’s epic championship win in 2021, Perez is undoubtedly eyeing the glory for himself this season. The Mexican has impressed within the early phases, and even gained the long-lasting Monaco Grand Prix earlier than heading to Baku.

On the Azerbaijan Grand Prix final weekend, Perez took the lead from Leclerc firstly whereas Verstappen moved into second after the Monegasque driver pitted beneath Digital Security Automobile. The Mexican held a five-second lead however Verstappen powered again and made a cushty overtake on lap 15. 

Purple Bull boss Horner despatched a message to Perez, who was informed ‘no preventing’ as Verstappen closed on him. Horner instructed it was not staff orders because of the ‘vital’ distinction in tempo between the 2 – and Emerson Fittipaldi agreed with the decision.

“I perceive why Christian Horner despatched the ‘no preventing’ message,” the two-time world champion informed VegasInsider. “Now Christian Horner for positive was apprehensive when he mentioned ‘no preventing’.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner 'worried' by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez fighting

Christian Horner informed drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez ‘no preventing’ on the Azerbaijan GP (Picture: GETTY)

“For positive Christian and the Purple Bull staff get apprehensive when the 2 guys (Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez) are working collectively making an attempt to move one another, making an attempt to compete in opposition to one another.

“You realize something can occur at the moment.”

Perez finally had no response to Verstappen’s distinctive tempo in Baku, however the Mexican has proved to be a real risk to the Dutchman’s crown all through 2022. The title battle is completely poised given the dominance of the Purple Bull equipment, and Perez will proceed to push for the championship to the delight of Fittipaldi. 

“I am very comfortable Checo Perez is performing so quick and so effectively,” the Brazilian added. “He has tailored to the staff, tailored to the automobile, tailored to the engineers. His efficiency is basically quick.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner 'worried' by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez fighting

Mercedes’ George Russell joined the Purple Bull duo on the rostrum in Baku (Picture: GETTY)

“I used to be shocked on what occurred within the race yesterday, as all of a sudden he (Checo) misplaced lots of pace in comparison with Max. Nevertheless it’s very attention-grabbing for the racing followers to see Checo problem Verstappen.

“It is occurred this 12 months in a couple of Grands Prix and it’s going to occur the subsequent few Grands Prix.

“It’s extremely attention-grabbing, I feel that is a part of the present a part of the competitors in Method 1 and I am very comfortable that Checo is assured, driving quick, is doing effectively and any further you solely can enhance and it’ll be nice to see.”

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