One Standout Trait That Puts Max Verstappen Above Sergio Perez in the Title Race: “You Can See the Difference a Driver Can Make”

Published 01/21/2023, 9:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 19, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position with second placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Red Bull and Max Verstappen absolutely dominated the 2022 Formula 1 championship season. Repeating the feat will be no cakewalk for the two-time world champion. However, a Dutch touring racer believes if anyone can, it’s Verstappen. Tom Coronel believes the Dutchman has a trait that few drivers possess, and this trait puts him above his teammate Sergio Perez as well.

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The world touring racer sang Verstappen’s praises during his conversation with Motorsport. Coronel also revealed his loyalties lie towards Verstappen not because of his nationality but because of his ability behind a single-seater. Loyalties that were reassured by Verstappen’s incredible racing in Abu Dhabi.

He said, “In this (Abu Dhabi GP) you saw the dominance strikingly. Max took Perez in tow for second place in the championship at the beginning of that race, but in the end Checo didn’t keep up, or at least his tires were out.” (Translated by Google)

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“I said five or six years ago: “he does things that I absolutely cannot do as a racing driver myself”. From that I conclude that he is different from others. — I see him doing things that others don’t. That’s about going outside at Nasr at Spa, but also about tire management. That’s why I understand why I’m talking about it and he’s in that car,” he added.

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Apart from the clear distance between the two, their relationship also felt the gap when Verstappen refused to give his position in Brazil. However, some argue that is Verstappen’s core mentality and his winning attitude.

Maybe owing to the tensions and Perez’s treatment, the Mexican will mount a title fight with his teammate in 2023. Or at least that’s what Papa Perez wants.

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The highly public drama between Verstappen and Perez became a topic of discussion for many. However, for the Perez familia, it became a reason to mount a title fight, and that’s exactly what Perez will do in 2023.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 29, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo/Pool

As per Esto.com.mx Perez’s father said, “We haven’t seen the best of Checo Pérez yet. This is an experience that is difficult to repeat for Mexico and we have to enjoy it. Surely with the passage of time, Mexico will have a Formula 1 champion on its hands.” [translated via Google]

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Does Perez have what it takes to beat Verstappen? Tom Coronel does not think so! Let’s see if Perez can prove his doubters wrong in 2023.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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