‘There Are No Political Things’ – Perez Enjoying Alongside ‘Chill Guy’ Max Verstappen

Published 03/17/2021, 6:11 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Red Bull’s 2021 F1 season is looking very promising. Not only did they acquire Sergio Perez in the offseason to strengthen their driver lineup, but the RB16B also looked flawless during pre-season testing in Bahrain. Max Verstappen must be a happy man in the garage.

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But how has the relationship between fresh recruit, Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen been like? Are they gelling well or are there any signs of animosity between the two?

The Mexican was on hand to answer this question himself on the latest episode of ‘Beyond The Grid’ podcast.

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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

“He is just a very chill guy. There are no political things going around him, you know. He just enjoys driving, and we have had good fun in these couple of times we have spent together,” said Perez.

The brand of Red Bull is dependent on their genius marketing. So, it is natural that they have asked both Perez and Verstappen to participate in building media content.

“We have done a lot of stuff, actually; it’s been unstoppable! We have spent like two days together, doing stuff for media. So far it’s been enjoyable. And Max is just a young guy who likes life and gets on with driving.”

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Should Max Verstappen be worried about Sergio Perez?

Max has a track record of beating every single one of his teammates in his F1 career. His spoils include Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Daniel Ricciardo, and Carlos Sainz. But Perez has the most experience of them all.

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So, should Max lose some sleep over having him as his teammate?

“I don’t see it like that. Why should he be worried about me, or why should I be worried about him? I think we both come here to do our best possible job,” Perez answered.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Even though Max shouldn’t be worried about Perez, he should be wary. He can’t underestimate the driving talents that the former Racing Point driver posses. Perhaps, as they are mingling, Max could also learn a thing or two about the art of tire management from him.

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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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