In this 2021, Red Bull can count on a rather close-knit couple. In fact, Verstappen and Perez seem to have an excellent relationship both on and off the track. In Milton Keynes, however, things have not always gone so well, especially in the past. To know it well is Christian Horner, number one of the Milton Keynes stable wall, who revealed to the Beyond the Grid podcast which pairs of drivers collaborated best and which ones showed obvious friction.
Humility, this stranger
The British was the first to analyze the historic couple formed by David Coulthard and Mark Webber. The relationship between the Scotsman and the Australian, in fact, was more than good. The opposite is true, however, for the duo that formed following Coultherd’s retirement: “Mark and Sebastian (Vettel) they certainly didn’t have a good relationship. The funny thing is that although they hated each other back then, they get along very well now. They were always in constant competition, and Seb never wanted to stay behind his teammate ”.
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Horner then opened on one of the most discussed couples of past seasons, namely the one formed by Ricciardo and Verstappen. The spectacular duo divided the Red Bull box from 2016 to 2018 between others and lows: “Daniel and Max got along very well. On the track they pushed each other to the limit, but there was still a strong respect between the two ”.
Horner: “Gasly-Albon gifted, but Perez brings experience”
After Ricciardo’s move to Renault in 2019, Pierre Gasly initially joined Max Verstappen. The Frenchman, after having disappointed expectations, was then sent back to Toro Rosso mid-season to be replaced by the arrembante Alex Albon. The Anglo-Thai also made himself the author of a good season finale, only to get lost completely in the following season. “Since Daniel left Red Bull we have hired some very young drivers, but Max practically found himself competing often alone”, Horner’s analysis. The problem seems to have been largely solved with the arrival of Sergio Perez this year: “He is a great team driver. At the end of last season he still didn’t have a competitive seat for the following year, so I think he is very grateful for the opportunity we gave him. He’s a guy with a lot of experience, and he’s playing his role great “ Horner concluded.
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