Are Red Bull favouring Max Verstappen over Sergio Perez?

Max Verstappen beat out Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to win the 2023 Miami GP


Christian Horner has comprehensively stated that no Red Bull driver is preferred over the other following criticism of the team over the way strategy played out and radio communications to Sergio Perez, as Max Verstappen swept to victory at the 2023 Miami GP.

Verstappen came from ninth on the grid at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix as he extended the life of his hard tyre more than expected, and ultimately passed polesitter and teammate Perez with 10 laps remaining.

The team came under criticism from fans as that they felt Red Bull gave Verstappen the best strategy and failed to fully inform Perez of what his teammate was doing during the Grand Prix.

“Strategy is obviously discussed. All of the numbers are run overnight, and we weighed up the pros and cons as an engineering team.” Horner said to reporters after the race in Miami.

“And Max was keen to give that alternative strategy a go, and I was happy to sign it off and say ‘If that’s what you want to do then that’s okay.”

Max Verstappen of Red Bull celebrates after 2023 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

A second moment of controversy was sparked by Sky Sports F1’s commentary team as they suggested that Perez was not being updated with his teammate’s lap times but Horner dismissed this too.

“I think it was a mistake of the commentary though, because Checo was very clear on what he had to do.

“19.8 seconds was a magic number, and he [Perez] was getting every single lap the gap to Max.

“So as long as he knows Max is within the magic 19.8s, he knew that he was behind him and he could obviously work out how if he was 16 seconds behind then there’s three seconds between them.”

Red Bull drivers free to fight

Miami was one of the few times Verstappen and Perez have gone wheel to wheel on even terms, and Horner said that the pair are well within their rights to do so.

“We discussed this morning and said, ‘You’re free to race, but just keep it clean and respect the team and respect each other’,” Horner said.

“And I felt they did that today, I mean, they [Verstappen and Perez] raced each other firmly but fairly and they gave each other enough space and respect.”

- Advertisment -


Oliver Rowland, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird battle at the Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E standings after 2024 Misano E-Prix

Two stunning races at the 2024 Misano E-Prix reshaped the Formula E Driver and Team Standings as both Porsche...
Jake Dennis of Andretti at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Dennis: Formula E brings something different, F1 is just a procession

Jake Dennis believes Formula E's peloton style of racing brings something different to motorsport in an era where Formula...
Pascal Wehrlein in action during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Wehrlein Secures Dramatic Misano E-Prix Win After Rowland Runs Out of Energy

In a stunning turn of events at the 2024 Misano E-Prix, Pascal Wehrlein seized a dramatic victory, capitalising on...
Pascal Wehrlein at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Porsche Formula E Team

Results for Misano E-Prix 2024 Formula E Round 7

A dramatic end to Formula E Round 7 at the 2024 Misano E-Prix saw leader Oliver Rowland run out...
Oliver Rowland, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird battle at the Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E Misano E-Prix 2024 Race 2 highlights and results: Wehrlein wins on dramatic...

Welcome to this Total Motorsport Live Blog for Round 7 of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, where history is set...
William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle celebrate victory in Martinsville in 2024 | NASCAR

How often are NASCAR Cup Series podium sweeps?

It almost feels too good to be true. Hendrick Motorsports winning on the 40-year anniversary of their first ever...
Lewis Hamilton faces the media at the 2024 Japanese GP | Jiri Krenek / Mercedes F1 team

Lewis Hamilton discusses the challenge of transitioning to Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he's not sure how to navigate the transition from Mercedes to Ferrari as it...
Antonio Felix da Costa looks on ahead of the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Antonio Felix da Costa stripped of Misano E-Prix victory

Antonio Felix Da Costa of Porsche has been disqualified from the inaugural Misano E-Prix, resulting in his loss of...
Mitch Evans during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Jaguar Formula E Team / LAT Images

Mitch Evans brands Max Gunther driving ‘dirty’ and ‘ridiculous’

Mitch Evans has hit out at Maximilian Gunther's driving in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix after the pair battled...
Mitch Evans leads the field in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Is Formula E ‘crazy’ peloton-style racing too dangerous?

If you turned on the TV and watched the first 2024 Misano E-Prix, you would have seen Formula E...
- Advertisment -