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Sergio Perez

Perez responds to Verstappen Red Bull favouritism claims

Is the RB19 built to suit the driving style of Max Verstappen more?

Perez Verstappen Zandvoort Sunday
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Sergio Perez has responded to claims that the Red Bull RB19 is built to suit the driving style of his teammate Max Verstappen.

Two-time champion Verstappen has won 11 out of 13 so far this season, with Perez filling the missing links in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

The Mexican has struggled to extract the same pace levels out of the car compared to Verstappen, particularly in changeable conditions which have affected every weekend since the Miami Grand Prix.

During the opening laps of the Dutch Grand Prix, Verstappen was four seconds per lap quicker than Perez after a switch to Intermediate tyres when the rain hit the Zandvoort circuit.

When asked where the main areas of weakness are in the RB19, Perez told media including RacingNews365.com: "Just the sharpness, basically in the medium and high speed that I've been struggling with.

"That's especially when we had tricky conditions, it changed and takes away some of the confidence [I have]. But I'm okay with it, it's another challenge for me."

Perez: The team is trying to make the fastest car

Perez has previously detailed the biggest differences between himself and Verstappen behind the wheel, outlining their different braking and throttle techniques as the main disparity.

When asked if the car is developed to better suit his teammate through the season, Perez said: "Every driver has different requirements and what they feel more comfortable with. That's just the way it is all around the grid.

"I think at the end of the day, the team is trying to make the fastest car and sometimes the development suits one style better than other. That just how it works."

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