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Red Bull to investigate Mexico pit stop after back-to-back errors

Red Bull will be investigating their Mexican GP pit stop error, which Christian Horner believes denied Sergio Perez a chance of second place.

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Christian Horner has said Red Bull will investigate their pit stop error which occurred at the Mexican Grand Prix.

After a strong start from fourth on the grid to running third at the end of lap one, Sergio Perez's hopes of securing second place at his home race were hampered by a slow pit stop during the race.

A 5.3-second stop severely reduced his chances of undercutting Lewis Hamilton, who was running his Mercedes further into the race prior to his one pit stop.

With Hamilton struggling on the Hard-compound tyres, Perez's attempts to catch and pass the Mercedes on Medium tyres ultimately fell short.

Despite their usual efficiency, it is the second pit stop error in two races for the Red Bull team, following a lengthy pit stop for Max Verstappen at the US Grand Prix, which almost denied him the victory.

Horner praises Perez recovery

When asked about Perez's pit stop issue, Red Bull Team Principal Horner confirmed that the error would be addressed by the team.

"I think without the issue of the pitstop, I think Checo [Perez] would have got the jump on Lewis," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We need to investigate what caused that. It looks like nut actually stuck, or it wouldn't undo cleanly.

"But it was a great recovery from him. Again, very strong pace, but just not quite enough to be able to make the pass on Lewis.

"Unfortunately, he was 0.03 of a second off [Hamilton] when he wanted to get the DRS, and so he just wasn't quite within range."

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