Sergio Perez believes that he can show his strongest characteristics in the race, although he admits that Max Verstappen is extremely fast in qualifying, and the goal for the new season is to surpass the potential of the new Red Bull F1 car RB16B.
Perez made his Formula One debut in 2011 at Sauber Ferrari and achieved three podiums in the same team in 2012, and after a less successful season at McLaren in 2013 he moved to Force India in 2014 where he remains until the end of 2020 under the name Racing Point.
After Racing Point, which will be called Aston Martin this season, decided to hire Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull brought Perez after dissatisfaction with Alexander Albon and thus strengthened his driving lineup for 2021. Perez is aware of how fast Verstappen is in qualifying, but he believes in his strengths when it comes to racing.
“I think the experience is a pretty big thing, to be honest,” Perez said. "When things don't go well, the pressure hits you hard. And when you're experienced and you've been through it, it allows you to focus on the right things.
” “Technically you develop a lot of skills throughout your career and I think I’m in a great position. This opportunity came at a great time in my career and that things will work out well. ” "I am confident in my abilities.
I think it's a matter of time before I master everything, but I don't see a reason why I wouldn't be at that level in time when I master all the things I have to master about the car. ” “I think Max, from what I’ve seen, will be very strong in qualifying.
So it will be an extremely high standard in qualifying. ” “My strengths will be seen on Sunday with racing skill and speed in the race. So I think we will be a pretty good pair and I hope we get the most out of the car.
Perez stressed that the goal is to get everything they can out of Red Bull and try to surpass his potential. “The goal is to outperform the car,” he said. "If we have a car that is good enough to win the championship, we have to make sure we win it.
If we have a car that is good enough for second place, we have to make sure we can win. ” "We want to exceed the potential of the car." Perez achieved ten podiums in his F1 career, and the last podium he achieved was also his first Formula 1 victory at the Sakhira 2020 Grand Prix, making him the driver who waited the longest for his first victory in F1 history (190 appearances).