Sergio Perez All Set to Bring Down High-Flying Red Bull Teammate Max Verstappen at Miami GP

Published 05/04/2022, 12:16 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying REUTERS/Lars Baron

The Red Bull enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Imola this season, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez finishing 1-2. However, Verstappen had an upgrade for his phenomenal pace, and Perez will get the same for the upcoming Miami race.

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The Dutchman had the fastest car in the Emilia Romagna GP, thanks to the upgrades in his RB18. The Austrian constructors were able to shed 4kg from Max’s car, which gave him the extra pace. Meanwhile, his Mexican teammate was driving an RB18 without those upgrades.

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Checo will receive the 4kg lighter 2022 challenger for the upcoming race in Miami. Perez already showcased phenomenal pace this season, and that upgrade would give him achieve better speed at the Miami Grand Prix.

Red Bull was suffering from an overweight car this season. Although, they were the fastest at the straights, now losing around 4 kg will give them more pace. Further, the Miami International Autodrome features three straights, so the Bulls will undoubtedly have a more significant advantage.

Sergio Perez is close to Max Verstappen

The 32-year-old Mexican joined the Milton Keynes base last season and became teammates with the generational talent, Max Verstappen. However, Checo and Verstappen resonated since their first race, and their bonding only grew stronger over the 2021 season.

Who can forget Perez’s team play in the 2021 season finale at Abu Dhabi? Sergio defended against the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to let Verstappen not only join the fight again but also win it. As of now. the bonding between Checo and Max is stronger than ever.

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Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez celebrate on the podium for the 2022 Emilia Romagna GP. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

After finishing 1-2 at the Imola race, the Red Bull duo appeared together at the podium. After the race, Sergio Perez revealed that it was his idea to appear on the podium stage together with Verstappen.

Perez said, “We were about to go out on the podium, and I told him to go out together, and he said yes. We discussed it with Alex (F1 podium organizer), and we went out. It was a good message for the whole team.”

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This season, Checo is looking way more comfortable in the Red Bull car, even outperforming Verstappen in a few races. Let’s see if the Red Bull duo can repeat the Imola results at Miami again. Do you expect Verstappen and Perez on the podium together again at the inaugural Miami GP?

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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