Christian Horner of Red Bull has said that if the situation arises, the team may allow Sergio Perez to win his home race.
Should Sergio Perez overtake Max Verstappen during Sunday’s race, Red Bull team manager Christian Horner hasn’t ruled out the idea of Sergio Perez winning his home Grand Prix in Mexico.
Perez is racing at home in Mexico, and the partisan audience is there to support their hero, who goes home with a shot at winning the Red Bull.
However, given the championship position, with Verstappen locked in a battle with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Perez is expected to move aside for Verstappen if they are in that order near the end of the race.
Horner stated that the team would love for Perez to win at home, but that Red Bull must consider the race’s specific circumstances before making any radio calls.
“That’s an incredibly tough one,” Horner told media in Mexico on Friday.
“Our main objective is to win both championships, and both drivers know the task involved to achieve that.
“But, of course, so many scenarios, [so many] what ifs, can happen. It would depend on where our opponents are.
“So you can’t rule it out, you can’t rule it in. Our preference would be to see, if Checo [Perez] were in that position, for him to win his home race, there’s no bigger result for any home driver. But, as a team, we have to keep an eye on both of these championships.
“What’s at stake in this race, like any other, has the same amount of points attributable to it and, therefore, we treat it like any other race.”
Will Red Bull use a tow in qualifying?
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez’s lengthy pit straight gives up the potential of teams using a tow to boost top speeds even higher than the season-high numbers already expected.
Some teams may choose to do so in qualifying, but when asked if Perez would be expected to tow Verstappen around, Horner just seems to rule it out.
“I think this venue, you’ve got a bigger chance of screwing it up as getting it right,” he explained.
“It’s not something that we’ve pursued previously here. I think that both drivers will focus on doing the best qualifying they can without tripping over each other or having the potential to trip over each other. So that’s a process that we will stick to.”
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