Sergio Perez Promises to ‘Make it Work This Time’ With Red Bull After Dismal McLaren F1 Stint

Published 01/24/2021, 10:10 AM EST
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)


When Sergio Perez got the call to fill in for the outgoing Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2013, it must have been the happiest moment of his fledgling career. But little did the young Mexican know that it was soon going to turn sideways and that he would be languishing at the bottom half of the grid for the next 6 years until Red Bull came along.

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Yes, his tenure with Force India/Racing Point lasted for 7 years, but his last season finally gave him the car worthy of his talents. After being informed of his sacking in favor of Sebastian Vettel mid-way through 2020, he drove with a chip on his shoulders.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – McLaren’s Lando Norris and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

This culminated in him winning his maiden race in Sakhir and even better, earning a drive at Red Bull. Now, after such a long gap, he is returning with a top team.

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But who’s to say that his time with Max Verstappen won’t be a similar nightmare? “Experience-wise, understanding things like the technical aspect is a lot better.

“I am more complete as a driver, I have grown up as a person, as an athlete; I am very different,” said Perez in ‘Talking Red Bull’ podcast.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passes the chequered flag to win the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Not only did he mention his growth during these years but also assured us all that he will come out unscathed during his Red Bull tenure, unlike McLaren, “So, you can be relaxed that I will make it work this time!”

Sergio Perez had waited ‘all his career’ to get Red Bull opportunity

While McLaren had the brand value and recognition of a top F1 team, their performances were anything but. In contrast, his current one is Mercedes‘ closest rival for the World title. So, he is looking forward to it.

“I was waiting all my career to get an opportunity with a top team, which finally came. And I think it came at the right moment for me.

“I’m so much looking forward to work with engineers, with Max to push the team forward… This opportunity comes only once in your life; So, I know that and I am ready to make it work.”

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And why wouldn’t he? Perez better immerse himself into this project and make it count, for this is his last big shot in F1.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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