“We all know what Checo [Perez] is capable of,” Horner said to PlanetF1.com. “I think he just needs to work hard to achieve consistency.
“Time and time again, he’s bounced back when he’s been under pressure, a bit under criticism from the media. He’s done his talking on the track, and he’s done it again, at the tail end of this year with some very strong drives.”
Horner also conceded the challenges Perez faces being team-mates with the dominant Verstappen.
“But, you know, it’s a tough gig being Max’s team-mate,” Horner added. “We’ve just got to work harder. Because we need him firing on all cylinders at 24 races next year because the competition will move closer.
“So we need both drivers as tightly bunched as we can in order to ensure that we do our utmost to defend both titles.”
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