Sergio Perez Has Informed Red Bull F1 of Mercedes’ Engine Secrets

Published 03/11/2021, 5:05 AM EST
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)


Red Bull signed Sergio Perez as their second driver for the 2021 season. The team have various reasons for signing Checo, and as a race-winning driver, he brings a lot to the team. One of the several benefits he has for the team is his knowledge of the best engine on the grid, the Mercedes power unit.

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His knowledge could be critical as Red Bull aim to challenge the Silver Arrows for the constructors’ championship. In a recent interview, Red Bull Supremo Helmut Marko spoke about the team’s goals in Formula 1. He also revealed what Sergio Perez has told Red Bull about the Mercedes engine.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point waves to the crowd from the garage during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“He brought with him interesting details about the drivability and responsiveness of the Mercedes engine. And also in the tire sector, how you can act with air pressure in rain races,” said Marko.

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Red Bull’s incumbent driver, Max Verstappen, has consistently put pressure on the Silver Arrows. In Sergio Perez, the team believe they’ve found another driver who can help topple Mercedes this season.

“His experience and his handling of the tires are important to us. In combination with the young Max, it should be one of the strongest pairings this year in terms of drivers.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Mercedes is a clear favorite. But if you look at the past few years, we are better positioned this year than we have been in the last seven years. We want the World Cup, even if we go into the action as outsiders,” said the Red Bull Supremo.

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With the Perez-Verstappen duo, Red Bull possibly have one of the strongest line-ups this season. Hopefully, the team will be relieved of the second-driver curse that has haunted them the last couple of years.

The season opener in Bahrain will give us a trailer for what the season will be like. If Perez can handle the heat of his Red Bull car, Mercedes will need to watch their back.

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Do you think Perez and Verstappen will take the fight to Mercedes this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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