Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has revealed he knew Max Verstappen's title 'would come from the fifth race in Miami', despite Sergio Perez having won two of the first four races of the season.
The Mexican had started the season well, however, providing a real challenge to his team-mate in the early part of the season.
Despite this, Horner has revealed that he had little faith in Perez's ability to maintain a world championship battle with Verstappen and that, despite only being 16 points ahead, he knew Verstappen would go on to win the championship.
“We knew it would come from the fifth race, from Miami," he confirmed after Saturday's sprint race.
"It was a great change and Max's 10 consecutive victories arrived, the most impressive and incredible season.
"Now he is in history with Brabham, Lauda, Piquet, Senna, Stewart… they are gigantic names, an exclusive club in the history of sport.
“Achieving a title is the most magical feeling as a team and you have to celebrate it."
The beginning of the end for Perez?
Perez's poor result means that he now has just one podium from his last five races, despite being in a car that is one of the most dominant the sport has ever seen.
The Mexican has also failed to qualify for Q3 in eight of the 17 races so far in 2023, whilst his team-mate has taken 14 race wins and 10 pole positions.
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