“Yeah, he’s brilliant,” the Red Bull team principal said. “He’s fantastic and he did a fantastic job for us when he stepped down to be test driver.
“He never complained, he never moaned, he put in the hours, and I was really happy I was able to find him a seat in Williams and he’s found his form, he’s got the experience now, he’s toughened for sure and he’s a hot property again.”
Horner also discussed the reasons behind Albon’s demotion from Red Bull, pinpointing it to his limited experience in the complex world of F1.
“I remember we were struggling at the time with Alex Albon,” he added. “Because he had come in too soon and we just needed somebody.
“Checo at the time at the end of ’20, he’d just won that race in Bahrain from the back of the grid, and it was like, ‘We need somebody with a chunk of experience, that brings another dimension to being Max’s team-mate’.”
Despite initial expectations that Perez would be the driver capable of matching Max Verstappen's dominant performances, he has fallen short during the 2023 season.
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