Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are ‘free to race’ in their battle for the championship… ‘until the team’s interests becomes bigger than the drivers’ interests’

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has declared that Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen are ‘free to race,’ as the team mates look to be on collision course for this year’s drivers’ championship. The 2023 Red Bull challenger appears to be in a league of its own over the rest of the competition, with Perez and Verstappen sharing two wins apiece in the opening four events this season. ‘There’s six points between them after four races so they’re both competitive drivers. They both want to win, which is why they’re employed by the team. But, as it is at the moment, they’re free to race.’. Verstappen has faced little competition from team mates since Daniel Ricciardo finished ahead of him in the 2017 season. After two wins out of the opening four races, Perez is hoping to buck that trend and he said on the team radio after the race at Baku that his side are ‘still in the fight’. Verstappen then asked about the fastest lap, only to be told that the team were ‘not worried about that’. Verstappen promptly replied, ‘but I am’, and took the fastest lap point away from Perez on the very last lap.

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