‘Rubbish’ Idea for Red Bull to Change F1 Car for Perez: Mark Webber

Published 05/22/2021, 1:51 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


In the past few races, Max Verstappen has flown the flag for Red Bull alone as Sergio Perez has struggled to keep up with his teammate. Speaking in a podcast, former Red Bull driver Mark Webber talked about the Mexican driver’s problems. He also compared him to his predecessors, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon, who also struggled to match Verstappen.

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In light of this, some wondered if Red Bull needed to tailor the car to suit Perez. However, Webber soundly dismissed that notion as ‘rubbish’ His reasoning was that the main target is Lewis Hamilton and winning races.

Moreover, Max Verstappen is the team’s best chance of winning races. And according to him, Red Bull is the best car and the Dutchman is the best driver to try and dethrone Hamilton.

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What would happen if Red Bull focused on Sergio Perez?

Webber said, “If we’re going to take off two tenths or three-tenths of a lap advantage out of that particular car to help the sister car. Especially to be a bit closer to him [Verstappen], then we’re talking about Lewis Hamilton disappearing down the road with no pressure.”

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez arrives before practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Meanwhile, David Coulthard chipped in, saying that Red Bull designed their car based on their interpretation of the rules. While the driver is the voice of the car, he does not get involved in aerodynamics; there may be little updates that Max Verstappen likes, but if Perez is uncomfortable, then its a different story.

The team’s job is to build the best race car, and the driver is only there to provide feedback. Coulthard noted that Max Verstappen is clearly brave enough to handle a Red Bull with a nervous rear end. This was something that Perez, Gasly and Albon seemingly struggled with. Now, Verstappen is lining up in second place at the Monaco Grand Prix. With Lewis Hamilton down in 7th, there is no better chance for him to make up some ground.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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