Sergio Perez Fires a Warning to Mercedes Amid His Current Red Bull F1 Struggles

Published 08/13/2021, 4:36 AM EDT
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


Sergio Perez moved from Racing Point to Red Bull at the start of the 2021 season. The Austrian team signed him after his stellar 2020 season, where he finished fourth in the championship. Perez has had a modest start to his Red Bull career but believes that there is more to come in the second half of the season.

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Checo has secured a front-row start for the team in Imola and won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Red Bull. But other than these performances, Perez has mostly lagged behind Verstappen and Hamilton.

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The Mexican driver hopes he will improve in the second half of 2021

Although Perez has been consistent in his performance with Red Bull, the Mexican hopes to have more impact in the second half of the 2021 season. Perez has often been muddled in the midfield battles in some races that have affected both his and Red Bull’s race strategies.

“The more information I get, the more natural everything will be inside the car,” Perez said.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“It’s not all-natural yet for now, but I’m going to get there. I think I’ll get there even in the second half of this season and I’m going to be pretty strong.

I think I’m going to get stronger and stronger as a team.” said Checo.

To be honest, it’s like I’ve moved into a different category: Sergio Perez

As reported by TR. Motorsport, at the mid-season break, Checo assessed his beginning with Red Bull and spoke about the challenges he is facing. He mentioned that sometimes he feels like he has switched to a different category with Red Bull.

“The way this car gets the maximum lap time and tackles in smog, the pace of the races is very different from what I was used to in the past,” said Checo.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifying REUTERS/David W Cerny

“The way you look at the tires is different. Every car’s rim heating and cooling requirements are different. There are very specific details as everything is linked to the tires.

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So, to be honest, I’m in a different world. To be honest, it’s like I’ve moved into a different category. This is a different category.” said Perez.

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Can Perez improve in the second half of 2021? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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