“I Kept the Salary Very Low”: Verstappen Jokes About His Role in Signing Perez at Red Bull

Published 12/20/2020, 3:44 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Race winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Red Bull have been on the search for a perfect driver beside Max Verstappen. Establishing the fact that the latter is one of the best finds of Red Bull, they needed one to help him push his potential. Well, they could not get a better deal than Sergio Perez.

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Many at Red Bull believe that Max is just scratching the surface of his potential. Destiny points at the possibility of the Dutchman being a sensation in F1. However, with the lack of domestic competition, Max might lack the correct motivation he needs. Since Ricciardo left two years ago, the team have searched in vain for a perfect fit. However, it is better to be late than never.

There was considerable kerfuffle over the 2021 cockpit beside Max Verstappen. Alex Albon and Sergio Perez, both put forward a firm case in their defense and it was quite a dilemma for Horner and Dr. Marko. Eventually they gave the chance to Checo, because they did not want to experiment further with Albon.

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In the recent FIA conference,  Max joked about his teammate for 2021. “Yeah, I actually signed a contract with him. So I was in charge. I kept the salary very low, just to make sure [laughing, trailing off],stated Max. Well, he already hints at a healthy relationship with the Mexican.

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Red Bull hope for a healthy rivalry amidst Max and Checo

Max Verstappen has repeatedly reminded Red Bull to not lose form amidst the season. The Dutchman highlights that to be a concern for the Milton Keynes outfit. If they can pull their act together and maintain the form since the start, Mercedes will have to think of fresh ways to hold them back.

We saw what a RB-16 can do with its drivers in form. The only car on the grid to get on a head-to-head battle with the AMGs, Horner plans to benefit from the fact. Well, they needed a driver that can pressure Mercedes the entire season beside Max and hopefully they have got one in Checo.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Fans of the Thai racer could raise an argument that Albon was showing considerable signs of improvement. However, his brutal disbanding from the Red Bull wagon comes with sufficient reason. It is not sudden podiums that Dr. Marko aspires for the team. They crave consistency, one that Albon lacked. In spite of several chances, he could only prove himself late into the season. Well, that is a gamble that the team is not willing to take for 2021.

Max since long has desired a competitive teammate. He was satisfied with Ricciardo. However, the state was not a healthy competition anymore; it had turned into brutal rivalry. Well, hopefully, Checo would work things better with a mature Max and take the Milton Keynes outfit to the podium more often.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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