If that wasn't bad enough for Perez, he then crashed out of the race at the first corner while Ricciardo spent the whole 71 laps in the points and was only a few tenths away from George Russell in the Mercedes at the flag, finishing seventh.
Christian Horner and Helmut Marko will be watching the Honey Badger closely over the final three races which will have Perez on red alert.
The big question everyone will be asking as Hamilton closed in for second in the standings once again.
Ricciardo is probably the first choice if he can produce that level of performance consistently but it looks like Yuki Tsunoda's chance of a Red Bull seat has evaporated now.
There isn't an obvious youngster emerging that Red Bull are waiting to come of age either so if they are to replace Perez, it may have to come from outside their stable once again.
Lando Norris is the standout option if they can buy him out of a long McLaren contract but the easier option may come from Maranello.
Both Ferrari drivers are out of contract in 2024 and the inability of the Italian team to function normally for more than two races in a row could see them grow frustrated.
A Verstappen-Charles Leclerc pairing would probably be the best on the grid and in the best car, it could well be a clean sweep of wins if Red Bull are willing to pay the big bucks rather than go for a budget No 2.
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