Current Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was in the center of one of the most surprising developments in the driver market last year. Despite having a contract with Racing Point (now Aston Martin), he was dropped in favor of Sebastian Vettel. Recently, his former team’s technical director Andy Green characterized Perez’s driving style as extreme that did not work on every circuit on the calendar. Perez has now responded to this criticism.
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Sergio Perez Hits Back At Former Team’s “Extreme” Criticism
Perez began by explaining how each car is different while analyzing his current Red Bull car
“They’re obviously very different in many aspects - the way you drive each of the cars is very different. So, you have to adapt to a different car, to a different style. But … this car has potential in it. And once I get on top of the car, we should be looking good”
He then pointed out how his “extreme” driving helped his former team
“Well, I think thanks to that ‘extreme driving’, we managed to get a lot of points! In a way, I think it helped us a lot in the past. And I just have to keep improving every year, try to make it more complete”
He signed off by reiterating that he has no idea what Green meant by calling his driving style extreme
“With every car, you’re going to be adapting yourself. So, it has to be very specific on which aspect, where you pick it up. With ‘extreme’ comes in a lot of things. Who knows?”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has pointed out that Sergio Perez’s 2020 “season just got stronger and stronger”
“The absolutely crucial moment for him was winning that race from the back of the grid in Bahrain and after that performance you couldn't ignore what he had managed to achieve” added Horner
He also revealed that “everyone in the team wanted” 2020 driver “Alex [Albon] to keep that seat, but you just couldn't ignore a talented driver with Sergio's experience”
“So, in the end it was a relatively easy decision, but” they “were just lucky to have time on” their “side”
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has stated that “driving this car feels different”
He further explained that “every F1 car has power steering, but every power steering is tuned slightly differently and that immediately gives you a completely different impression”
He added that “the car has a completely different philosophy. It's a different team and a different car, so it drives very differently as well”
Masashi Yamamoto, Honda's managing director feels that “this season will be successful if” Honda-backed AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda “can score points”
“If he has the chance”, Yamamoto wants “him to aim for the podium. He's still a rookie this year, but he's going to be a good match for [Pierre] Gasly”
He also confirmed that if they “have a good driver”, they “will talk to Red Bull and” they “will continue to do so. That cooperation will stay” as he wants “kids to be able to keep dreaming”
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has divulged that they “have ordered all the technical requirements. In twelve months, everything should be ready”
“Then” they can then do all the engine “work” themselves “from 2023”
He also added that “there are not many people on the market for” filling up positions in their engine department “but there will definitely be people from other companies joining” them
F1’s managing director Ross Brawn feels that conducting races in circuits like Imola, Portimao, and Mugello last year “was a bit of a lesson for” them
They’re now “thinking about how” they “can build in this factor of the new and unknown in the future”
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