Sergio Perez Can ‘Surprise’ Verstappen During ‘Weak Moments’ at Red Bull: Hakkinen

Published 03/25/2021, 10:10 AM EDT
SUZUKA, JAPAN: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point walks out for the drivers autograph signing session during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Sergio Perez joined Red Bull Racing for the 2021 season. Most people think Verstappen will easily beat his new teammate; however, Mika Hakkinen thinks that the Mexican’s arrival to the team is positive and can surprise the team’s prodigy, Max Verstappen.

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Perez’s future was up in the air, as Vettel was coming in to replace him, leaving the Mexican without a seat. However, having shown impressive performances towards the end of the season, and a win at Bahrain caught the attention of the Austrian outfit and brought him for the 2021 season.

Red Bull finished second in the constructor’s battle last season, while their rival Mercedes took home their seventh title. The Milton-Keynes-based outfit hopes by having a talented line they can push for the title in 2021.

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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)

Sergio Perez can surprise his Dutch teammate in 2021, says Mika Hakkinen

While speaking to UnibetFinland, the former world champion said, “Perez’s arrival is a positive thing. I know, Verstappen thinks, that nobody can beat that he is the best. On the other hand, he understands that Perez is fast, he’s experienced.”

Hakkinen added.”Perez can surprise Max in his weak moments, If Max makes mistakes, Perez can beat him. This will surely improve the overall performance of the team.”

Red Bull advisor thinks that the Mexican will be ready from the first race

Red Bull advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko thinks that their new recruit, Perez will hit the ground running in the opening race itself. Marko has faith that Perez will be at his best in Bahrain when he competes in his debut race for the team.

Marko said, “His long run was the fastest as far as I saw. He has already fully lived up to his reputation as a tyre specialist and at the same time as a fast driver. I don’t think it will take that long.

“Maybe for a qualifying lap, but in the race he will certainly be there from the first grand prix.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Milton Keynes-based outfit seems optimistic for the season ahead. They have two talented drivers behind the wheel in the upcoming season and are confident that they push for the constructor’s championship in 2021.

Can Red Bull’s newest driver push the team’s prodigy, Max Verstappen, in his first season at the team in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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