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Max Verstappen’s dominance for Red Bull over the past 18 months has taken the team to new heights, with the Dutchman on course for a third successive title win. However, it has heaped the pressure on Sergio Perez as a result.
Reports are circulating that the 33-year-old could be sacked once this season concludes, with Daniel Ricciardo making it no secret that he is keen to make a ‘fairytale return’ to the team as soon as possible.
Perez made a strong start to 2023 but has struggled for form of late and sits 125 points adrift of teammate Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship. Thus, questions have been raised over how much longer Red Bull remain faithful to the Mexican.
However, regardless of what happens in the remainder of the campaign, Dutch driver Tom Coronel believes that Red Bull will part ways with Perez at the end of the season, claiming that it is ‘obvious’. He told RacingNews365.com: “We all know what will happen to Perez. Come on, we know that! It’s very clear. Helmut Marko [Red Bull driver programme boss] is just looking for a very strong second driver. Verstappen’s best team-mate ever? That was Ricciardo.”
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Verstappen ‘idiot’ opinion slammed
Yuki Tsunoda believes that it is wrong to criticise the FIA for clamping down on drivers who abuse track limits, despite Max Verstappen slammed the idea.
The Japanese driver has suggested that changing the rules could resolve a lot of the issues arising, but feels that he must take responsibility for his recent mishaps in Austria whilst the current sent of rules are in place.
He told Total-Motorsport: “First of all, rules are rules. I shouldn’t have exceeded the white line three times in Austria, which is my problem. Some tracks are easy to follow within the white line, but with Austria and Silverstone, [at] those tracks it’s quite easy to go over the white line.
“They should change a bit of rule that maybe going over the kerb and putting the front wheels over the white line gets a penalty.”
Tsunoda’s comments come after Verstappen called for there to be more sympathy to drivers who drive over the white line and that the FIA are not considering how difficult the task can be at times. Speaking after the Hungarian Grand Prix he said: “Of course, people can say: ‘Yeah then stay within the white lines’. Well if it was that easy then you can take my car and try it. I don’t think we’re all idiots”.
Red Bull tipped to sack Perez
Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel believes that it is ‘clear’ that Sergio Perez will be sacked by Red Bull at the end of the season so that Daniel Ricciardo can return to the team.
He told RacingNews365.com: “In the whole of Formula One, a contract is toilet paper. The most money is made the moment contracts are dissolved, you’ve seen that before with drivers. ‘Shall we say goodbye now? Okay, so then it will cost 20 million extra’, on top of it. But then you can move on. We all know what will happen to Perez. Come on, we know that!
“It’s very clear. Helmut Marko [Red Bull driver programme boss] is just looking for a very strong second driver. Verstappen’s best team-mate ever? That was Ricciardo. So yes, you know, then I see it anyway: that’s what they are looking for. Perez just doesn’t have the consistency. A sub-topper, nothing wrong with that.
“But you are looking for a Ricciardo, who then beat Sebastian Vettel. Is this going to be the new World Champion? Well, with Max next to you you can forget about that, but one thing is for sure: at Red Bull you need a driver who will be at least second or third and that’s where I think Perez is still too often overshooting himself, let’s put it nicely…”
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