I have to disagree on this one. If the car wasn't as dominant as it is, Perez couldn't even help red bull win the team championship. In 2021 Bottas outscored him by 40 points while having 3 more DNF's and the rumor says he's still in Monaco doing his pitstop from P2. Mercedes won the championship in 2021 even though Max won the WDC.
Right now Alonso would be ahead of Perez if Aston Martin hadn't dropped so far off the pace during the season due to Perez's abysmal qualifying. Sure he's out of Verstappen's way in a sense since he's 1 second off his pace when Max is pushing which we've seen numerous times already, last time was yesterday in Spa.
He was already out of the competition and he was still pushing Max wide a couple of times when Max was about to pass him. Last time that I can remember was in red bull ring opening laps where he pushed Max on the grass when he was trying to pass him. If Max had crashed there, he would be out of the car already.
Red bull doesn't need a driver who can challenge Max, but someone who can get second place in a close championship, or at the very least 3rd.
The funniest thing is that some people were actually thinking that he had a chance in the WDC