Ex-Crimson Bull driver Mark Webber has mentioned Max Verstappen will nonetheless beat Sergio Perez over the course of the season regardless of the Mexican’s surge in type.
In all however one of many closing six races, Perez has completed no decrease than second. With that type, he has overtaken Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc within the driver’s standings however nonetheless stays behind his team-mate Verstappen.
After the Mexican’s win in Monaco, Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner went so far as suggesting the group doesn’t have a primary driver and that whoever was main could be given precedence, one thing that has not been true in recent times.
The friendship between Perez and Verstappen stays sturdy but when Ferrari’s struggles proceed, it appears more and more probably that Perez could pose the largest menace to the Dutchman retaining his world title.
One man who is aware of about battling his Crimson Bull team-mate is Webber who performed an analogous position as Perez to Sebastian Vettel throughout his Championship-winning runs.
The Australian has dismissed Perez’s title credentials although and mentioned that over the course of a season, he backed Verstappen to get the higher of his team-mate.
“After all he [Perez] is driving brilliantly since these new laws got here out, he’s been genuinely fast, threatening Max in most circumstances,” Webber instructed Channel 4.
“I nonetheless suppose that there are circuits the place Max will total have sufficient firepower to get on high of him.”
It’s a dream situation for Crimson Bull although and one they haven’t had since Daniel Ricciardo left the group in 2019. With the Drivers’ Championship presently within the trophy cupboard at their Milton Keynes base, Horner and co. can be keen so as to add the Constructors Championship alongside it.
The one approach to obtain that’s to have two drivers on tune and in Verstappen and Perez, they’ve that. Webber mentioned Crimson Bull will know they should maintain each drivers aggressive if they’re to cease Ferrari from overtaking them.
“Crimson Bull want him there, they’re racing Ferrari as properly, let’s not neglect,” Webber remarked.
“They know they should maintain two horses on this struggle as a result of they’re racing towards two horses.”
Because it stands, Crimson Bull are comfortably clear on the high of the desk with a 80-point hole between them and Ferrari however the Italian group have been warned to maintain one eye over their shoulder.
Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff mentioned they had been able to pounce ought to Ferrari proceed to slide up.
“When your automobile shouldn’t be super-competitive with the entrance guys, [it is about] maximising these factors,” Wolff instructed reporters. “You will need to consolidate and be sure you aren’t any worse than third.
“However equally, you see the scenario at Ferrari. In the event that they drop the ball typically then we’re there.”