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Christian Horner

Horner stunned by Perez strength: 'We saw that today'

The Mexican put down a marker with a strong Saturday at the São Paulo Grand Prix and has caught Team Principal Christian Horner's attention.

Horner Perez Red Bull
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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has credited Sergio Perez for his "resilience" after battling back to finish third in the São Paulo Grand Prix.

The Mexican is under pressure following a string of poor performances since winning two of the first four races this season, struggling to match teammate Max Verstappen's pace in the RB19.

Performance did return at his home race last weekend, only for an overzealous move at Turn 1 to take him out of the race.

Despite that disappointment, Perez has been on form again at Interlagos and on Saturday, he went within a tenth of Verstappen's Sprint Shootout best effort, before making two stunning overtakes on George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to finish third in the Sprint.

'He manages to pick himself up'

"He was quick in Mexico and it was a shame it didn't work out for him - it was one of those moves where you were going to be a hero or zero and, on that day, it was zero," Horner told Sky Sports F1 when asked how he has managed to assist Perez.

"So we said 'Checo, turn a page, it's done, you can't change it. Take the positives out of the weekend and apply them in this race a week later'.

"He has brought that here.

"One of his real strengths is when you think he is down, he manages to pick himself up and brush himself down and he has got a resilience.

"We have seen a bit of that today."

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