New Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has revealed what he can bring to Red Bull Racing ahead of the new Formula 1 World Championship season when he will team up with Max Verstappen to try to take away both titles from Mercedes.
The Mexican made his F1 debut for Sauber in 2011 and won three podiums in 2012 before joining McLaren in 2013 and Force India / Racing Point in 2014, where he secured seven podiums in seven seasons, including his emotional first Grand Prix victory: Sakhira 2020.
His performances in 2020 were even more impressive considering he was the first driver to get over COVID-19 and were good enough to award him an initial one-year contract instead of Alex Albon, who stays with the team as a test and backup driver.
The 30-year-old driver from Guadalajara visited the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes and talked for Formula 1 youtube chanell 1) How did it feel when you got a phone call confirming that you had secured a seat at Red Bull? I felt great.
I’ve waited for my entire career to get a chance with a top team. It finally came and I think it came at the right time for me. I’m looking forward to working with the engineers and with Max with whom I will push the team forward.
It’s a big challenge and I can’t wait to get going. Impressions 2) What are your initial impressions of the team and the factory? It’s amazing to be part of the Red Bull family. When you get here, you immediately understand why they were so successful.
The amount of infrastructure they have, development, and people. The organization is extremely high. I’ve been with the same team for seven years so I feel a little different. It’s like a dog finding a new family.
I see we have a lot of fun ahead of us. It’s just a dream come true working with Adrian [Newey]. The amount of engineers and the level of engineering in this team is very impressive. 3) What do you think you can bring to the team? I think I can bring a lot of experience, knowledge.
I’ve been on different teams, in different eras and I think I know what I need from myself, but I feel like I can push the team forward in certain areas, just by talking to them. I think we know the direction we need to go.
We already have a few good ideas that we have exchanged and hopefully, we can achieve better performance on the track. 4) Do you think your first win last year was a turning point for your place in Red Bull? I think it definitely made an impact.
I have been doing this sport for 10 years and people know what they can do. It’s obviously a new challenge, a new opportunity, so it’s time to prove to myself that I can take the next step. I seem to have the right tools in my hands so I have to make sure it works. Last year I had a better package so I could show it more.