Christian Horner has lamented Sergio Perez’s lack of fortune this season, and said that the team needs him to contribute more points.
Perez is currently in a rut, having scored points three times in the last six races. That is a terrible stat for a driver who is in the fastest car on the grid. In fact, Checo’s last podium came all the way back in June, which is concerning.
The Red Bull #2 driver curse seems to be affecting the Mexican, as he has scored less than half the points his teammate Max Verstappen managed to bag. Horner lamented Perez’s lack of fortune this season, and urged him to step up.
“I think he scored 16 points in the last six races, which is a combination of bad luck and other misfortune,” Horner said, as reported by f1i.com.
“We desperately need him to get up there in the remaining races. The last two races he could have been on the podium.
“We obviously had the track limit issue in Monza. He had a poor pit-stop in Sochi and then, of course, the tyre choice that we were on proved to be the wrong one on that lap.
“So things could have gone a different way for him, but I’m sure that will sort itself out over the remaining seven races.”
Perez had a good start to his Turkish GP weekend, and put in a shift during practice.
“The amount of grip surprised me today,” he said after practice.
“It is more like a standard track out there now, but it is still very challenging because the grip is not consistent. Sometimes on the entrance to the corner, you have less grip than on the exit, so as a driver it is difficult to adjust to that aspect of this track.
“Mercedes look strong here but hopefully overnight we are able to chip away a couple of tenths and be in the mix for tomorrow,” he concluded.