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Horner: Perez's improvement has come at the right time

Although it took a bit of time, Christian Horner believes Sergio Perez has finally come to grips with the Red Bull RB16B.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes Sergio Perez is rounding into form at just the right time. The Mexican has finished on the podium at each of the last three races, including a famous third-place result at his home race on Sunday. After struggling to come to grips with the Red Bull RB16B earlier in the season, Horner believes things have clicked at the right time for Perez, as the team continue their battle with Mercedes.

"Perez has worked it out"

"His confidence has been growing," Horner said on the F1 Nation podcast. "I think this car isn't the easiest car to get your head around. It took him a few races earlier in the year, but I think he's worked it out. "We've managed to help him a bit with the setup, and of course, the biggest thing is confidence. I think the confidence, for him, is really coming, and the belief of what he can do. "It's at the right time, because we really need him to be a factor in the next four races." Perez currently sits fourth in the Drivers' standings, 20 points adrift of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

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