Horner: Perez 'delivering the function' hoped by Purple Bull

Christian Horner says that Sergio Perez has delivered on Purple Bull’s total expectations this season, hinting that the Mexican will doubtless stay with the Milton Keynes-based outfit in 2022.

Perez discovered himself a free agent on the drivers’ market on the finish of 2020 following Racing Level/Aston Martin’s determination to switch him with Sebastian Vettel.

However Alex Albon’s incapacity to persuade Purple Bull to maintain him onboard for 2021 led to Perez’s recruitment by the crew.

Though the 31-year-old struggled for consistency alongside Max Verstappen within the first a part of the season, a 104-point observe document that features a win in Baku has been deemed as passable by Horner.

“I believe Sergio has delivered the function that we have been hoping for,” mentioned the Purple Bull racing crew boss.

“You noticed that in Baku when he picked up a victory on the day that he was in a position to put Lewis below stress

“He’s been accumulating these constructors’ factors, and taking part in the crew recreation, as we noticed on the French GP. He is an ideal crew participant and we’re very proud of the job he is doing.”

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Traditionally, Purple Bull has virtually all the time picked its drivers from inside its junior program. In hindsight, and contemplating Pierre Gasly’s robust efficiency at AlphaTauri, Horner says Purple Bull’s hiring of Perez was a “courageous” determination, however the appropriate selection.

“Our view has all the time been to provide youth the possibility and I believe Purple Bull, greater than some other crew, has finished that,” mentioned the Briton. “However often, it’s worthwhile to step out of the programme.

“I believe it was a courageous determination to try this, however I believe it was the appropriate determination. The dynamic within the crew is working nicely.

“Pierre is doing a implausible job at AlphaTauri, and remains to be very a lot a Purple Bull racing driver, so we’re in place.”

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