Max Verstappen in trouble as Sergio Perez causes headache for Red bull

Sergio Perez sits just 15 points behind his team-mate Max Verstappen in the championship standings; Last year, he claimed his first victory for Red Bull at the Azerbaijan GP; the whole Baku weekend is live on Sky Sports F1, with Sunday’s race at 12pm

He’s flying right now, a genuine world championship contender in theory at least, in third place only 15 points behind team-mate Max Verstappen, less than one-tenth slower in qualifying on average in the season to date, with a pole and a win already under his belt just seven races in.
Baku 2021 was the foundation for such a level of success. This was the first race in which he showed he could fulfil the role of Verstappen’s support. He was there to pick up the pieces when Verstappen’s tyre blew when in a commanding lead.

 

Prior to that, he had overcut himself past early leader Lewis Hamilton at the pit stops, so demoting Verstappen’s key rival. He then proceeded to hold off Hamilton as Verstappen eased away without having to give his fresh tyres a hard time.

 

Neither of the Red Bull’s junior graduates Pierre Gasly nor Alex Albon had regularly been able to do that in their time in the second Red Bull seat in 2019 and ’20.
Prior to that, he had overcut himself past early leader Lewis Hamilton at the pit stops, so demoting Verstappen’s key rival. He then proceeded to hold off Hamilton as Verstappen eased away without having to give his fresh tyres a hard time.

 

 

Neither of the Red Bull’s junior graduates Pierre Gasly nor Alex Albon had regularly been able to do that in their time in the second Red Bull seat in 2019 and ’20.
In 2019/20, Albon had only been able to perform that support role twice and Gasly not at all. Perez, with his experience and standing, was able to grind out some respectable performances despite his similar unease with the handling traits of the car. It was this which won Perez his 2022 extension with the team.

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