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Nico Rosberg says Sergio Perez could beat Max Verstappen for the F1 title

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Sergio Perez won the iconic Monaco Grand Prix for Red Bull (Picture: Getty)

Nico Rosberg believes Sergio Perez has what it takes to win the Formula One world title after the Red Bull driver clinched Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez capitalized on a tactical mistake by Ferrari to win the chaotic – and very wet – race, with Carlos Sainz Jr in second and Max Verstappen in third.

It was something of a redemption story for the Mexican, who was denied a chance to challenge Verstappen for victory at the previous Spanish Grand Prix, when Red Bull team boss Christian Horner effectively ordered Perez to cede the lead of the race to his team . Mate.

But after an impressive performance in Monaco, where he was quicker than Verstappen all weekend, Rosberg believes Perez has proven a point in the team hierarchy.

“The best way to say ‘don’t do that to me guys I want to fight for the World Cup here too’ and what a brilliant weekend everything is perfect,” the 2016 world champion told Sky Sports.

“And let’s not underestimate how difficult it is to do those outlaps in these conditions and get the timing and everything right – just spectacular.”

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Perez is now just 15 points behind leaders Verstappen (Picture: Getty)

The result has put Perez in third place overall, just 15 points behind leaders Verstappen, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc sandwiched between them.

Last year Perez played the role of wingman for Verstappen helping the Dutchman win the title and many were expecting more of the same in 2022 but after his incredible start to the season the 32-year-old is now fully in the title fight.

“Yeah, amazing, you wouldn’t really expect it, but he’s right there,” added Rosberg.

“And he’s also a lot closer to Verstappen this year. Let’s see how the next few races play out but it’s great.”

Red Bull may not see it that way, however, as the constructor has been known to be a “one-man team” in the past, which has led to several high-profile controversies between its drivers, most notably with Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Nevertheless, Horner was impressed by Perez and indicated that he would like to extend the contract of the three-time Grand Prix winner beyond the end of 2022.

“He just has to keep doing what he’s doing,” said the Red Bull boss.

“He’s doing a great job, we’re very happy with him. He has done very well so far this year.

“The delta between him and Max has reduced significantly compared to last season. I think he’s more comfortable in the car. He already achieved this fantastic pole position in Saudi Arabia this year.

“He has had some great races and is a team player. I don’t think there is anyone in the pit lane who is better. [Contract] Conversations should hopefully be reasonably straightforward.’

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