‘Nobody Thinks’ Sergio Perez Is as Fast as Max Verstappen, Says Ex-F1 Team Boss

Published 01/18/2021, 2:45 AM EST
Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point walks in the paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


In an incredible turn of events, Red Bull will host Sergio Perez next season alongside Max Verstappen. It is not usual for Red Bull to sign someone outside their young drivers’ academy. However, after Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon did not fare well, they had to take a new approach.

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As the team’s decision to look outside their academy gave him an opportunity, Perez made a powerful case for himself. After Racing Point announced Sebastian Vettel as his replacement, the Mexican was driving for his career. He put up a stellar performance towards the second half of the season. He secured his first career win and convinced Helmut Marko that he belonged in Red Bull.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passes the chequered flag to win the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The question on everyone’s mind is whether Perez will prove to be a worthy teammate to Verstappen. Eddie Jordan, a former F1 team boss, gave his two-cents on this debate.

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He said, “With Perez, Red Bull gets a top driver. Nobody thinks he’s as fast as Max Verstappen. But nobody is anyway.

“Perez is a great driver who will fulfil what Red Bull expects from him, especially in the race: To be close enough to Max to be able to put pressure on Mercedes with two cars. His predecessor Alex Albon was never able to do that,” he explained.

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Red Bull dominated the grid with Sebastian Vettel before the hybrid era. Once the new era dawned, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took the baton, and well, they are not ready to pass it on.

The Austrian team then drove with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

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

The pair won races for the team, but the championship still seemed far off. Renault poached Ricciardo towards the end of 2018. Since then, Red Bull has run through two drivers, Pierre Gasly and Albon.

Now, the team has turned to Sergio Perez for their fate. Max Verstappen has been consistently delivering results. However, the teams need another driver that can help put pressure on the Silver Arrows.

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Red Bull is praying to the gods that Checo turns out to be that driver; do you think they have finally found the one?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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