Max Verstappen Expecting Perez to “Do a Good Job” for Red Bull

Published 02/26/2021, 4:25 AM EST
SHANGHAI, CHINA: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Red Bull head into the 2021 driver season sporting a new driver duo in Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, as they aim to dethrone Mercedes. While Checo’s signing was seen as a big win by many after an epic campaign last year, there were reports that suggested that the Mexican was not Max’s preferred option, he was vouching for Nico Hulkenberg. As such, fans may have been a bit worried as to what the relationship dynamic between the two would be like. But the Dutchman has put those fears to rest.

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The Red Bull ace driver revealed that the two share a good relationship. And that they aim to work together in the best possible way to serve the team’s interests.

He said, “I’ve always got on very well with Checo anyway. It’s a very relaxed and good relationship. “I expect him to do a good job, as he has done in his Formula 1 career so far. I’m looking forward to working with him and I hope we can score a lot for the team.”

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point waves to the crowd from the garage during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The Perez-Verstappen partnership is the third new pairing in three years for the Austrian team. The previous two failed because the likes of Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon fell way short of expectations, falling behind in the mid-field rather than aiding Max in taking on the Silver Arrows.

The team and its fans would hope that is not the case this time around.

Max Verstappen belives Perez’s experience can be beneficial to Red Bull

Perez comes to the team, having driven a car powered by Mercedes for a long time. As such, Verstappen believes that he can pass on crucial information to the team, which could give them an edge.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Dutchman said, “He can pass on his findings and the differences to the team. So of course I hope that he can help the team or at least give us some other ideas for a few things.”

“We naturally always want to score as high as possible with two cars. Let’s see if that works out better this year. The goal is to make it a little more difficult for Mercedes I mean, they’re still favorites for sure, so let’s see how it goes.”

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Preparations for the new season have already begun with Perez and Verstappen testing the new car. But can the Honda powered team bring the trophy back to Milton Keynes this season? We shall 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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