Sergio Perez’s win at the Singapore Grand Prix was “world class” and his best drive to date in Formula 1, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Sunday.
The race ended with Perez subject to an investigation by the stewards into possible safety car violations, but the final five-second time penalty made no difference to the result.
“That is without a doubt the best ride of his career,” Horner told Sky Sports.
Tricky conditions, he nailed the start, turned the start, settled into the race, he took care of those intermediate tires, safety cars that came and went, restarts, and he was just always in control, super cool.
“That’s world class, that’s right up there. That’s definitely his best win, I think it surpasses even his Monaco win and under tremendous pressure he went out and performed. Just super, super proud of him. He has did a great job.” “
The win was Perez’s fourth career and third since the 32-year-old joined Red Bull in 2021, just as it looked like his F1 career had reached the end of the road. He agreed with Horner’s assessment.
“It was definitely, I think, my best performance. I controlled the race … the last few laps were so intense,” said Perez.
“I didn’t feel it much in the car, but when I got out I felt it. You know, I pushed. I gave everything for the win today.”
The Mexican poured more water over his head than he drank in the cool-down room before stepping to the top of the podium.
“This win is really special for me as I’ve had a bit of a rough patch over the last few races,” he said, referring to recent media coverage.
“If I’m not on the podium two races in a row then I’m going to have a worst season ever and Red Bull should drop me and all that stuff you see.
“It’s not a reminder to anyone of how good I am. But it’s just always good to be able to put together these kinds of performances.”
Perez won this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, another tight street race where the smallest mistakes can carry a heavy price, but he finished fifth and sixth in his previous two races while Verstappen dominated.
He started on the front row with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole, took the lead at the start and finished with a 7.5 second lead.