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Perez responds to Horner 'pressure' claim

Mexican Perez is hoping to bounce back at the Canadian Grand Prix after a nightmarish two-race swing in Monaco and Spain.

Sergio Perez has refuted claims from Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner that he will experience less pressure now that he has fallen behind teammate Max Verstappen in the race for the F1 title. The Mexican had been pushing Verstappen in the opening exchanges of the year, winning two of the opening five races on the schedule as well as the Azerbaijan Sprint. But a disastrous double header in Monaco and Spain - a no-score in the principality before finishing only fourth at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - has allowed Verstappen to surge into a seemingly unassailable 53-point lead at the top of the standings. Red Bull Motorsports Advisor Helmut Marko suggested Perez could now stop 'dreaming' in his quest to dethrone Verstappen, whilst Horner had indicated pressure would now be lifted. Asked whether he agreed with his Team Principal's comments, Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com : "I don't think so. "We have to deliver to our maximum. We have a great car, we should be having a lot of podiums and wins from now until the end of the year. "We can see the competition is getting closer and closer all the time - we will try our best."

'I want a reset'

A break between Spain and the Canadian Grand Prix has afforded Perez a chance to regather himself ahead of a new charge, with Red Bull the only team currently fighting for victories. On his mindset entering the weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Perez said: "I basically want a reset. "Monaco was all down to me, I had a bad mistake. Then in Barcelona, it was tricky in the damp conditions, we didn't manage to have a good quali and then we paid the price on Sunday. "I am looking forward to going back to the form we had early in the season."

RESULTS 2024 F1 Spanish Grand Prix - Qualifying