‘Perez Knows That Max Verstappen Is Going to Bend Him and He Has No Chance’

Published 03/04/2021, 6:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Sergio Perez is joining Red Bull this season and the biggest challenge the Mexican will face is the battle with his teammate, Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has been driving his Red Bull car to the limit and is the only one putting some pressure on the Silver Arrows.

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In 2019, Red Bull signed Pierre Gasly, who could not catch up with Max Verstappen, and was later replaced by Alex Albon. He also lost the battle with the Dutchman last season and had to give up his seat to Checo.

In a recent interview, AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost claims that Perez will put up a good performance. However, there is no way he will beat Max Verstappen.

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“If the car suits him, Perez will certainly ensure good results.

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)

“He will leave his mark and collect a lot of points, but he will not be broken by Verstappen because he knows how fast he is. Perez knows that Max is going to bend him and that he has no chance,” said Tost.

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Verstappen is one of the fastest drivers on the grid. Additionally, he is privy to the challenges of the Red Bull car and has learned the secrets to controlling the beast over the last few years. Tost further pointed out a few expectations Perez should have ahead of the season.

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HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“If you go there as a newcomer with very high expectations, you will go under when you find a Max Verstappen by your side there who has four or five years of F1 experience at the time, is one of the fastest drivers on the field and you find a car that does not behave the way you want it to,” he said.

Over the last two years, Red Bull have thoroughly recognized the lack of points coming from their second car. The team sincerely hope that Sergio Perez will help change that this season and with two Red Bull cars pressuring the Mercedes, one can expect that this time there will not be two Mercedes cars at the top of the table.

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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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