After Being Demolished by Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez in Attempt to Reclaim Lost Glory Backs Spanish City’s Claim to Join F1

Published 07/16/2023, 8:15 AM EDT

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It’s only been 10 races in the 2023 season and Red Bull has 411 points to their name. They have 208 points more than Mercedes, in P2, with 203 points. So, they have a certain amount of free time to entertain fans with the Red Bull Showrun. They have successfully completed the Showrun in 5 countries, with Sergio Perez putting on an exhibition in Spain this weekend. And after lighting up the streets of Madrid for the fans, he made an interesting suggestion to the FIA in an interview that could also help him curb Max Verstappen‘s dominance.

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For the Showrun in Madrid, Perez was given Sebastian Vettel’s Championship-winning 2011 RB7. And he put up a show for the fans, performing “Smokey Donuts🍩💨” on the streets of Madrid. Despite poor performances this year, he is still known as the ‘King of Streets’. And to defend that title, he wants the streets of Madrid to transform into an F1 track, so that his chances at victory increase.

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Perez said, as quoted by Motorsport, “I think the street circuits are special, it would be nice to add more to the calendar. There is a very special atmosphere when we go, especially like the one that can occur in cities like Madrid. Yes, I’ve done well [on street circuits]. I think it’s important that confidence to arrive at the circuit and the weekend to do things well.”

Street circuits make for fun races and considerably increase tourism to the city and country. And in Spain, owing to his Hispanic background, he will feel more at home as well. Being in a Spanish city, the Mexican driver even highlighted the contribution of two other Hispanic drivers who have contributed to F1.

Sergio Perez Highlights Contribution of Fellow Hispanic Drivers to F1

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Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz are the two current F1 drivers who belong to Spain. And Sergio Perez believes that F1 is followed more in the Hispanic world. And all three of them are in the Top 5 in the WDC. So, for them, it is a beautiful phase in F1. So, instead of comparing performances, ‘Checo’ is celebrating this historic moment.

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Perez said, “Both Carlos Sainz and Fernando are two riders, I don’t see the reason to compare them. On the contrary, I think you should enjoy the two more, instead of insisting on comparing them so much. They are going through a unique situation, a moment that may not be repeated in the history of Spanish motorsport.”

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If Madrid gets added to the F1 calendar, one thing is for sure – Sergio Perez should have an advantage because of the Red Bull Showrun. And considering that it would be a street circuit, the 33-year-old would get one more opportunity to beat Max Verstappen and still be the King of Streets.

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Yash Kotak

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Yash is a F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong passion for communicating through written word and a keen interest in the world of motorsports, he thoroughly enjoys being a fan of F1 and covering it for other fans. Ever since he watched the 'INSIDE TRACKS' episode covering the 2018 German Grand Prix, he has fallen in love with the intriguingly complex world of F1.
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