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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, and Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team, 3rd position, on the podium
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The metric that shows parallels in Verstappen's and Alonso's intra-team dominance

OPINION: Max Verstappen’s current supremacy in Formula 1 extends to his team-mate, having scored enough points to win the world constructors’ title single-handedly in 2023. But how does Sergio Perez stack up compared to other number two drivers and why does the Dutch driver’s dominance have the traits seen in another of his current rivals during their own era on top?

Losing second place to Charles Leclerc at the Las Vegas Grand Prix mattered little to Sergio Perez. When Lewis Hamilton was handed a few setbacks in the Vegas race and only finished seventh, Perez's third place was enough to put Formula 1's 2023 runner-up spot beyond all doubt. Thus, it became the first time that Red Bull had locked out the top two positions in the drivers' championship across its seven drivers' title wins.

Mission complete, right? If one simply looks at the results and nothing more, then sure; Perez did the job that he was hired to do in his unofficial role as Max Verstappen's number two and finished as runner-up in the championship stakes. He achieved that with the best car on the grid, thus netting his expected championship placing, fulfilling his obligations and can consider 2023 a resounding success.

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