‘I Thought There Was No Chance’ – Sergio Perez Shocked to Have Been Picked by Red Bull

Published 01/21/2021, 6:27 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sergio Perez has finally gotten his well-deserved opportunity with a big team and will drive for Red Bull in 2021. Sure, he did have one season with McLaren back in 2013. However, that McLaren car was pretty poor and Perez ended up as a mid-field driver through the course of the season.

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This year, fortunately, he’ll have a chance to unleash his absolute best and fight for podiums on a regular basis. The job won’t be easy, but trust a man with over 190 races under his belt to handle the challenge.

Even six months ago, no one could have predicted that Perez would end up at Red Bull. Even after a disastrous 2020 season, people didn’t think Red Bull would look for a driver from outside their infamous academy. But they did, and Checo’s is very thankful for this opportunity.

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Formula One F1. Sakhir Grand Prix. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the Mexican flag after winning the race. Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

In his first-ever interview in Red Bull colors, he said, “It’s a fantastic brand. Of all the teams in Formula One, I thought there was no chance for me to join it because I wasn’t part of the junior programme, but when the opportunity came I took it. It’s a dream come true. “

The last non-academy driver who raced for the Milton Keynes-based outfit was Mark Webber. The Australian raced for the team from 2007 until 2014. He was part of the team’s golden era wherein they won four world titles.

If Perez can recreate even half the kind of success that Webber had at Red Bull, he’d be considered a hit.

Sergio Perez stoked about chance to drive for Red Bull

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SUZUKA, JAPAN: Sergio Perez of Racing Point walks out for the autograph signing session during previews ahead of the Japanese GP. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Trying to word his excitement, Checo said, “When I put my Red Bull shirt on or drink a can, I think ‘wow, this is the brand I drive for!’

“It’s amazing and hard to imagine. It’s an opportunity that I have worked so hard for – for more than 15 years. I think it’s come at the right time, I’m ready for that and I will grab it with both hands.”

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Ever since Daniel Ricciardo left, Red Bull have struggled to find a driver who can keep up, if not match, Max Verstappen’s pace.

Will Perez be the answer to their problems? We’ll find out soon.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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