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Red Bull did not want to pit Perez for fastest lap

Christian Horner says it would have been too “brutal” to pit Sergio Perez for a shot at the fastest lap of the US GP.


  • Perez made a podium appearance at the US GP, finishing comfortably ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
  • This was Perez’ second successive podium finish, which team principal Christian Horner praised.
  • Leclerc was only 10 seconds behind the Mexican, meaning he was unable to pit and shoot for the fastest lap.

What he had to say:

  • “It would have been brutal to pit Checo and take him off the podium,” Horner told
  • “Leclerc was obviously too close behind. In the collective position of the team, it was better for Checo to take the points. So that’s what we did.”
  • “The way he managed the race, you could see his confidence is growing,” Horner told Sky Sports.
  • “That’s the second race in a row he’s on the podium now. His home race is coming up. He’s finding his form, which is crucial for us at this time of the year.”
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