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Red Bull to “Sit Down” with Perez After Poor Qatar Performance 

Not to beat a dead horse, but Sergio Perez’s form hasn’t been improving....

Not to beat a dead horse, but Sergio Perez’s form hasn’t been improving despite a P2 in Monza. At the Qatar Grand Prix, he failed to reach Q3 once again. Perez has explained his form has dipped since Miami and it has taken a toll on his mental health, but while Helmut Marko might be giving him a hard time, Christian Horner is sticking by him and going “back to basics.”

While Perez was hampered by a crash during the Sprint, it wasn’t his fault, though the required repairs meant he had to start the race from the pit line. All fine, not ideal, but fine, but that doesn’t really excuse the 15 seconds’ worth of time penalties and only a P10 finish on Sunday while his teammate won by a considerable margin, but what else is new?

To rub salt in the wound, Perez didn’t capitalise on Lewis Hamilton’s first-corner retirement in their battle for second in the Drivers’ standings.

“I think we really need to sit down with Checo because we know what he’s capable of and he’s not hitting that form at the moment,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told the media.

“We desperately need him to find that form to keep his second place in the championship.

“It was frustrating that he’s only come out of the weekend with one point and I think he could have, even starting from the back of the grid, there was an opportunity to score heavily today or decently.

“But we’ll support him as much as we can because there’s the triple-header coming up [in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil]. There’s a huge amount of points with sprint races as well.”

With more unforced errors appearing in Perez’s performance, Horner believes that he needs a reset and go back to basics.

“I think you just need to sometimes sort of take your foot off, put it on the floor, stop the merry-go-round and just go back to basics and that’s what we’ll do,” Horner explained.

“We all know what Checo is capable of, and we want to support him to get back into a position where even as near ago as Monza, he was finishing in second place to Max.”

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