Christian Horner joked about the risks that “Checo” Pérez took in the Japanese Grand Prix – La Opinion

Christian Horner joked about the risks that “Checo” Pérez took in the Japanese Grand Prix – La Opinion


He second place achieved by Sergio “Checo” Pérez in the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix He left a good taste in Red Bull’s mouth, although its director, Christian Horner, assured that for some moments he was surprised by the risks that the Mexican driver took on the Suzuka circuit.

The boss of the Austrian team commented that there was a particular moment that caught his attention at the performance that “Checo” Pérez was having, who completed a great weekend and regained second place in the F1 driver standings behind Max Verstappen.

“There were a couple of moments where, I must admit, I had my eyes closed when he entered the *130R Do you need to do it there? Can’t wait for the straight? It didn’t look like she had three kids when she made that move!”the British manager commented jokingly.

The Mexican Sergio "Czech" Pérez being followed by McLaren's Briton, Lando Norris, during a moment at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Mexican driver of the Red Bull team, Sergio “Checo” Pérez, being stalked by the British McLaren driver, Lando Norris, this Sunday during a moment at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Credit: FRANCK ROBICHON | EFE

The *130R is a curve that comes from its radius angle (about 130 degrees) and is located after a long straight, turn number 15 of the Suzuka circuit is one of the most dangerous of this 2024 Formula 1 season, which is why the concern of Christian Horner.

But beyond that episode that had nothing to regret in Red Bull, which once again had a 1-2 as happened in the first two races of this campaign, the team director highlighted the good performance in general of the Mexican driver who achieved his third second place in four races.

“Checo in particular had a very strong weekend in which he qualified one tenth behind his teammate, Max Verstappen. His race pace was very strong. He obviously had the disadvantage of having to move through traffic.”pointed out the British.

Sergio "Czech" Pérez posing after having achieved second place in the Japanese Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2024 Formula 1 season.
The Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez posing with the team behind him after having achieved second place in the Japanese Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2024 Formula 1 season.
Credit: FRANCK ROBICHON | EFE

A quite particular incentive

The director of the Red Bull team, Christian Horner, revealed that he had bet Sergio “Checo” Pérez to achieve a fourth place or better in the Japanese Grand Prix classification, a bet that the Mexican won after his second place. on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

“After having won the bet, (Perez) told me that he owed Bernie Ecclestone exactly the same amount of money. So he’s passed it on to Bernie, who was the front row beneficiary of “Checo,” so dear old Bernie is still making money even though he’s not here.”Horner said.

The boss of the energy drink team did not want to reveal how much money was the bet he made with the Mexican driver who this season seeks to improve his performance in the classifications. He only limited himself to commenting that it had “been enough.”

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