Sergio Perez Sheds Light on the Rewards of Racing Beside Max Verstappen

Published 12/27/2021, 6:49 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco


In Formula One, your teammate is your biggest rival. However, for Sergio Perez, having to drive alongside Max Verstappen has been a blessing as it helps him become a better driver.

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The Dutch driver is a force to be reckoned with and can outshine his teammate at the Milton-Keynes-based outfit. Hence, seeing the work ethic of the Red Bull prodigy, Perez wants to raise his level for the 2022 season.

Sergio Perez is inspired by Max Verstappen to raise his game for the next season

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Perez joined Red Bull at the start of the season and having a teammate like Verstappen can be a daunting task. However, Perez sees the brighter side of things, as Max helps him improve his game in Formula One.

When asked by Autosport, he said, “It’s been extremely intensive. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes, a lot of pressure. When you are at Red Bull Racing the pressure is on and everyone is watching you, what you do and you guys are obviously a lot harder to a Red Bull driver, which is very understandable.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses for a picture with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

“But it hasn’t been easy, but it has brought me onto another level, and having Max as a team-mate it really pushes you to new levels. I’m enjoying it a lot at this point of my career, I’m very happy, and that’s the most important.”

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Where does Perez think he needs to improve?

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With the 2021 season done and dusted, drivers reflect on the season and make self-assessments on where they have to improve. And Perez is no different as he states he has to improve his performances on track next season.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The Mexican said, “When you are out of position and so on… I think the main thing I lacked was consistency to constantly be at 100% with the car. I have to raise my game for next year. And yeah, hopefully, we are all able to go forward.”

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What are your predictions for Perez next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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