“I very much enjoyed Sebastian’s winning years,” Horner told Planet F1. “I mean, Mark got a bit grumpy on occasions. But what Sebastian achieved was outstanding.
“I think that Max, in the same way, has been totally dominant. What he’s achieved has been exemplary.”
Horner did admit that Perez's job partnering the reigning world champion is one of the toughest in the sport, saying: “It’s a tough gig being Max’s team-mate. 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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