Horner Confident Perez Will Rebound After ‘Horrible Weekend’ in Canada

Sergio Perez’s Tough Weekend in Canada Raises Stakes for Red Bull

As the 2024 Formula 1 season heats up, all eyes were on Sergio Perez and Red Bull at the Canadian Grand Prix following the announcement of Perez’s two-year contract extension. Despite a strong start to the season, recent struggles have cast a shadow over Perez’s performance, culminating in a disastrous outing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Sergio Perez under strict orders from Christian Horner after Canadian GP  nightmare - Mirror Online

A Rocky Start and a Disappointing Finish

Perez’s weekend in Canada was marred from the beginning. During qualifying, he failed to advance past Q1, ending up in 16th place on the grid. This was a significant setback for the Mexican driver, known for his ability to pull off remarkable comebacks.

The race did not offer the redemption he needed. On the opening lap, Perez had a minor collision with Pierre Gasly, but managed to avoid major damage. However, his troubles escalated on lap 53 when he lost control of his RB20, resulting in a damaged rear wing. He struggled back to the pits, shedding carbon fiber across the track, and ultimately retired from the race—his second consecutive retirement of the season.

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To compound his misfortune, the stewards penalized Perez with a three-place grid drop for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix due to the incident.

Horner’s Reflections on a “Horrible” Weekend

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner did not mince words when describing Perez’s performance in Canada. “That was a horrible weekend for Checo,” Horner told Sky Sports. “Obviously, he picked up some damage, so he’ll need to come back strong in Barcelona.”

Horner acknowledged the fortuitous lack of points from their closest rivals, Ferrari, which prevented Red Bull from losing their lead in the Constructors’ standings. The gap between the two teams remains at 49 points after Ferrari also faced a double retirement in Canada.

“Thankfully, Ferrari had a shocker today, so they didn’t get any points, which let us off the hook somewhat. But we need both cars scoring. We got away with it today, but we need Checo back up there where he was at the beginning of the year from Barcelona onwards,” Horner emphasized.

Red Bull made key Sergio Perez decision that 'goes against everything' they  said last winter - F1 Oversteer

The Need for Perez to Rebound

Horner’s comments underscore the urgency for Perez to rediscover his early-season form. Red Bull is under pressure not only from Ferrari but also from other competitors in the Constructors’ Championship. “What we see with him time and time again, you think he’s on the ropes and then he bounces back. He’s a tough racer, he’s a tough character,” Horner said, expressing confidence in Perez’s resilience.

Perez himself remains optimistic about overcoming this rough patch. Reflecting on his season so far, he acknowledged the recent downturn but expressed confidence in a turnaround. “Yeah, we lost some momentum obviously in the season, but I’m also very positive that there is a long season ahead and that we will get our form back,” Perez told F1.

He added, “I will be working really hard in the coming weeks with the team to make sure that we are back to that form.”

Looking Ahead to Barcelona

As the F1 circus moves to Barcelona for the next Grand Prix, Perez’s performance will be under close scrutiny. His ability to bounce back is crucial not just for his career but also for Red Bull’s championship aspirations. With the contract extension freshly inked, both Perez and Red Bull will be eager to prove that their faith in each other can lead to success on the track.

The Canadian Grand Prix might have been a setback, but for Sergio Perez and Red Bull, the season is far from over. With determination and teamwork, Perez aims to reclaim his place among the frontrunners and help secure Red Bull’s dominance in the championship race.