Verstappen's pace was extremely impressive once in clean air, creating a four-second gap to Perez within three laps before Perez made his first stop.
Still, Red Bull received backlash for facilitating Verstappen's overtake for the lead with team instruction. Sergio Perez, however, has dismissed any suggestions that the team made the wrong decision:
"I just hit too much deg, I think, on that medium tyre. The deg was extremely high for me, and it's something we have to understand because certainly, Max was a lot stronger on that medium stint...
I think it was the right call made by the team [to instruct Perez not to fight] because at the time Max was a bit further ahead.
It was just a good team result. We know at this place that anything can happen, so at the end of the day, we managed to do a 1-2, and that's a great team result."
Perez still finds himself within touching distance of the championship lead and ahead of both Ferrari's, so the Austrian team will be pleased with the performances of both drivers.
Moving forward, it is difficult to say how long Perez can stay in the championship fight, but given his form so far this season, it would be unwise to write off the Mexican's chances of fighting for major honours.