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Sergio Perez

Perez: Red Bull Horner fiasco 'behind us'

The Red Bull F1 operation has been embroiled in off-track issues over the past month.

Perez Bahrain FP3
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Sergio Perez has insisted the controversy surrounding Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and the fallout from across the team in the aftermath is now "all behind us".

Horner was placed under investigation by Red Bull GmbH last month following allegations of inappropriate behaviour, though the case was dismissed ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

But after alleged evidence was leaked via an anonymous email source, tensions within Red Bull spilt over in public as Max Verstappen's father Jos suggested the team could 'explode' if Horner remained in position.

However, speaking to media including RacingNews365 about the ongoing turbulence, Perez said: "Well I think it is now all behind us.

"We are a race team at the end of the day and we are here to race and focus to deliver on track.

"Off-track, doing the work with the team at home, you have to remember Red Bull is a huge team and our main focus is on the racing side, simple as that."

Perez's 'main objective'

On whether any assurances had been given by Red Bull's management following the fallout, Perez added: "We basically speak about the racing side.

"We know this is behind us and I appreciate it is the team principal and the CEO and everything will keep going like it's been before.

"To be honest, we have been mainly speaking about the race in Bahrain, how it went and how we can improve.

"That's been the main focus for all of us."

Whilst the off-track matters have dominated headlines, Red Bull commanded matters on track in Bahrain with Verstappen heading Perez in a one-two finish.

This form was pointed to by the Mexican when asked if the issues surrounding Horner had affected the team: "When you see the results we just had, we finished one-two and started the season on the right foot.

"The team is working - there are still a lot of things we can tidy up in the race from Bahrain and that is the main energy.

"From my point of view, it is what I am focusing on, improving what we did in Bahrain, that is our main objective."

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