Sergio Perez’s father, Antonio Perez Garibay, believes that this year’s Red Bull car was built purely to suit the driving style of Max Verstappen.
Perez has struggled after a strong start to the season, prompting some to question whether Verstappen would perform at a higher level if he had a stronger teammate.
However, Garibay believes that the Mexican is facing an uphill battle due to Red Bull largely catering to Verstappen.
He told ESTO: “The car is set for Max because he drives with all the grip at the front and Checo has done it all the time with the grip at the back. The position Checo is in is the one he was hired for, second place.
“There is only one champion and you have to understand that. He has to work for it and respect it. All this was built for Max to be a champion and you have to understand and respect it. If he moved to another team he could be fourth or sixth.”