Sergio Perez Responds to Aston Martin’s ‘Extreme Driving Style’ Claim

Published 03/16/2021, 3:53 AM EDT
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


Sergio Perez made his on-track debut for Red Bull during preseason testing for the 2021 season at Bahrain. While he was putting the RB16B through its paces, his former team Aston Martin, previously named Racing Point, couldn’t resist taking a dig at him.

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Aston Martin director Andrew Green ruffled a few feathers when asked about whether Sebastian Vettel’s driving style would help them or not. 

The Brit cheekily replied that “I would say it is not as extreme as the driver he is replacing [Perez], who had a very extreme driving style. It was very difficult to get right at all tracks. It shone at certain tracks and didn’t at others.”

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This seemingly irked the Mexican, and he gave an apt response to this jibe in an interview.

Sergio Perez bites back after extreme driving comments

In an interview, when asked to respond to these comments, Perez said, “Well, I think thanks to that extreme driving we managed to get a lot of points.”

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 22: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India looks on before the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2018 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Mexican added that this extreme style helped the team a lot in the past. He said, “In a way, it helped us a lot in the past, and we just have to keep improving every year to try to make it more complete.

“With every car, you are going to be adapting yourself. It has to be very specific on which aspect you pick up. With extreme, it can mean a lot of things. Who knows?”

Can the Mexican help the Bull charge to the top of the standings?

Sergio Perez had an impressive run with the Austrian team at the recently concluded testing in Bahrain. He showed ample pace and already looked comfortable in the Red Bull. 

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He even had the fastest time in preseason testing overall on the final morning of testing. This is an encouraging sign that he could be a great fit with the Milton Keynes team. 

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

His past track record has shown that he is very capable of taking advantage of slip-ups from top teams. He had amassed 577 points over seven seasons for Racing Point, which is a clear indicator that he is a ‘serial points getter.’

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Who knows, with a much superior piece of machinery at his disposal, he can probably add more to his race win column and be a surprise contender for the drivers’ championship in 2021!

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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