Former F1 Champion Explains Why ‘Apolitical’ Sergio Perez Should’ve Joined Ferrari Instead of Red Bull

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December 26, 2020 3:01 pm

Sergio Perez will soon see himself in a Red Bull suit for the 2021 season. Unsurprisingly, the entire F1 community is looking forward to that possible strong performance from the Mexican. However, former world champion, Damon Hill, felt that Ferrari could have been a better fit for Perez.

During a podcast, the interviewer asked Hill to weigh in on Perez’s recent switch to Red Bull. “Yes, I think that’s great,” Hill replied while featuring in an ‘In The Pink‘ podcast episode.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

I would have liked to see him in Ferrari. And you know I’ve been saying this for quite a long time. Because I think he’s such a solid deliverer for a team. He seems to be apolitical.”

One might wonder why Perez would be better in a struggling Ferrari rather than a strong-running Red Bull. Well, according to the former British racer, it is the combination of a Mexican racer in an Italian car that could make entire South America go crazy.

I just thought, ‘put him in a Ferrari’. I mean, they’d just go berserk. The whole of South America would go party for him,” Hill said.

Sergio Perez is a local hero in Mexico: Damon Hill

Apparently, Hill was hit by the idea of Perez in Ferrari when he visited the first-ever Mexican Grand Prix in Formula 1.

I was impressed by him when we had the Mexican Grand Prix when we first went to Mexico. He was worked to death,” he said. “Because clearly, he’s a local hero.

But, he kept a smile on his face and he just gave everyone whatever they wanted. And they were so enthusiastic in Mexico.”

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

During every single Mexican GP, one can notice the interesting three-turn section between turn 13 and turn 15. Every time Perez’s Force India or Racing Point passes by that section, the cheering is incredible and extremely loud, and the Mexican colors comprising green and red can be seen covering the entire stadium.

Perez is yet to score a podium in Mexico, though he came close once. However, his dream of securing a podium in Mexico might just get fulfilled as early as next season.

Come 2021, with a top-notch car in hand, Perez can definitely aim for a podium or even a race win, maybe.

So, will the Mexicans get to watch their hero on the podium step in their own territory next season? Only time will tell.

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