“Now, being Max’s teammate will never be easy and some drivers may be up to that challenge, others may not. But of course, in addition to the pilots we have internally, we keep an eye on everyone. As you can imagine, there is quite a bit of interest from certain sectors in driving a Red Bull car.”
The Brit has however backed Perez to seal Red Bull history by coming second overall in the championship despite some questionable performances in recent weeks. Speaking to Sky Sports, the team boss said: “It’s something that we’ve never achieved; we’ve never finished first and second with any of our drivers in the world championship so it would be a big thing for us to achieve. He came close last year, it would be his best-ever result, and he’s got the best car that he’s ever had to be able to try and achieve that result.
“Japan was frustrating and difficult for him, but he’ll bounce back. I’m sure there’s enough races with the six grands prix remaining for him still to achieve some great results between now and the end of the season.”