Red Bull team principal Horner recently told Perez that he should stop focusing on Verstappen quite so much, and instead should provide the Milton Keynes-based outfit with the 'best version of himself'.
Now, Perez is seemingly not taking any notice of that, setting out his ambitions to win the 2024 title.
“That’s the main target for me,” Perez said when asked about winning the championship. “I’ve already finished second, my main interest is to do one better.
“I’m aware of the challenge that it is. We’ve got to really take this winter time to try to start the season on a high and be able to maintain that level of consistency throughout the season.
“Our relationship is really good,” he said on Verstappen. “I think the whole engineering, when we are in all those briefings through so many races, I think it’s been good.
“We’ve been pushing at times in different directions, but at the same time we’ve [often] been strongly asking for the same stuff. So that also has been positive for the team.
“Definitely there are things that you learn from him. I think I have the best reference out there because he was the one who was so competitive.
“So I think there’s no harm in looking at what he’s doing, how he’s doing it and trying to learn and improve, see what works for you that he’s doing differently to you. I think I’ve always had a very open approach and I think it’s something that works well.”
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