Perez still hasn't lived up to Red Bull Racing role
That is the view of well-known former Bridgestone engineer Kees van de Grint, who told RTL GP Slipstream: "If Max takes pole and Sergio is second, it will be difficult for Hamilton to attack Max.
"That's what the second driver is for and he still hasn't lived up to it," he added, as the Verstappen-Hamilton head-to-head now moves on to Hungary after their Silverstone clash.
The first step for Perez, according to Dutchman van de Grint, is to "accept" that he cannot expect to actually match Verstappen.
"You have to accept that when you are the teammate of a talent like Verstappen. It's a bit of an overestimation if you think you're just going to drive away from him," he said.
"Sergio just has to perform better. He should be closer, especially in qualifying.
"But all of this is easy to say, because Sergio is doing better than his predecessors," van de Grint admitted.
Nonetheless, he thinks Verstappen will be in a position to bounce back from his 51G impact at Silverstone and brief hospitalisation to win in Hungary.
"I see no reason why Verstappen won't win there. When we talk about the high downforce and shorter wheelbase, he has the better car for this track."
Van de Grint also thinks his countryman has another simple advantage.
"I think Max is the better driver," he said. "But I do think the first lap will be a bit quieter this time and when Max does get away, he will really be gone."
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