Sergio Perez ‘Found No Surprises’ With Verstappen at Red Bull

Published 03/18/2021, 8:10 AM EDT
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 knew he would face a challenge when he joined Red Bull. The Mexican driver knows being paired up with Max Verstappen is one of the challenges he has to tackle in the upcoming championship.

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Perez left Racing Point, who are now Aston Martin, and was replaced by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. But Perez’s impressive performances in 2020 caught the attention of Red Bull, who were quick to sign him up for 2021.

The Milton-Keynes-based outfit finished 2nd in the constructor’s last year, but having the talents of Perez and Verstappen behind the wheel, the team believes they can push for the title in the new season.

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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 sees Max Verstappen as a great challenge

In the podcast, Beyond the Grid, as quoted by RacingNews365, the Mexican said, “Since I knew I was coming to Red Bull I knew that I am going to be facing a big challenge which is Max. He’s a very complete driver. I’ve found no surprises, to be honest. I’ve just found that he’s a very strong driver all around and it’s going to be a task, a big challenge for myself.”

Perez added, “But this is what I wanted. I wanted to measure against the best in the sport. So, it’s a great challenge and a great opportunity and something that I’m looking so much forward.”

“The way I see it is that I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose in my career. I’ve been lucky enough to have a fantastic career, so whatever comes next is great. I don’t see why he should be worried about me or why I should be worried about him. We’ve both come here to do the best possible job.”

The Mexican will be ready, says Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko

Marko Helmut, an esteemed name in F1, believes that Perez will hit the ground running once he is behind the wheel of a Red Bull car. He thinks Perez is a talented driver and will have a positive impact on the team in the upcoming championship.

Marko said, “Once we go to very different races with different conditions, you understand the car and the team a lot better, I think five races, proper races, and then we should be good.”

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Can Sergio Perez shine in his new chapter with the Milton-Keynes-based outfit? Will he beat his talented teammate Verstappen in his debut season for the team? Only time will answer these and other burning questions.

What are your expectations from the Mexican driver in the upcoming championship?

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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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