Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez has added one victory and six podium finishes this season. The Mexican is third in the World Cup with 173 points, 5 points behind Leclerc and 85 points behind his teammate Max Verstappen. Precisely, ‘Checo’ claimed his second win for Red Bull at last May’s Monaco Grand Prix, closing within 15 points of teammate Max Verstappen, the time he has been closest to the Dutchman. While Verstappen has won four of the six races since Monaco, Pérez has only taken two second places in the same period, with ‘double zeros’ in Canada and Austria. “What killed the first half of my season was the retirements. Without these mistakes, my championship would be very different from what it is now”, comments Pérez in an interview with Motorsport Italy.
‘Checo’ Pérez has taken a leap forward compared to last year, although he comments that the adaptation to Red Bull has not been easy for him. It is well known that the team led by Christian Horner prepared a car more suited to Verstappen’s driving. Still, he positively rates his results in the first thirteen races. “I think it was a very good first half of the season, very complete, with good races, good results and of course good consistency”says the Mexican. Precisely his regularity have led him to renew with Red Bull until the end of 2024.
Red Bull has a 97-point lead in the Factory Championship, but for Red Bull everything is wide open in any of the championships. Ferrari have been a bit quicker than us in the last two races so we have to keep pushing hard. Anything can happen”clarifies that of Red Bull. The first three or four races after the summer break are going to be momentous. Sooner or later they will have to penalize the Austrian team. In Hungary both Red Bulls used their third power unit. Spa or Monza are perfect places to make the change, overtake in the race and minimize damage.