Christian Horner has defended Sergio Perez’s performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after the Mexican finished 12th from a 2nd place starting position.

Red Bull’s team principal Horner believes Perez just needs extra time behind the wheel of the car.

“I think that it’s just time in the seat,” said Horner. “He did a good job yesterday.

“Today was a messier race for him. Obviously, the mistake behind the Safety Car early on, the 10-second penalty, and then unfortunately the mistake behind the Ferraris at the restart was a shame because he would have scored, he could well have been on the podium today as well.

“It’s frustrating not to have him up there, but he’s certainly finding his pace, finding his feet, and I’m sure he’s going to have much stronger weekends ahead.”

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