It was a match made in heaven when Sergio Perez put pen to paper on a one-year-deal at Red Bull Racing. The Austrian-licensed outfit had been crying out for an efficient second driver, and they have finally found one in the Mexican now.
But that said, Perez also knows that he has entered a world where star driver Max Verstappen is naturally the obvious superstar of the team. Aged just 23 years old, Max has a dazzling future who has been tipped to win the world championship in time.
Therefore, the 30-year-old will still play an important part at the team, but just not in a lead driver’s role. Speaking in an interview, former F1 driver Robert Doornbos briefly explains why that would be the case.
‘Red Bull Racing is Max Verstappen,’ says Doornbos
The former Dutch driver stated, “But Perez will of course end up in the domain of Verstappen. Red Bull Racing is Max Verstappen.” (translated via Google Translate)
“So it’s a really bold move from Perez too. At the same time, it was one he couldn’t turn down. But I expect that once it is clear that he is the second driver, Perez will also fully conform to that role and make it his priority to win the constructors title for Red Bull.”
The former Racing Point driver finished P4 last time around in what was a solid individual effort. But realistically , attempting to win the F1 Drivers’ title seems like a thing of the past for Perez now.
The 2020 Constructors’ runners-up team will allow Sergio Perez and Verstappen to battle on-track
“But only when that is really clear. However, he is mature enough to acknowledge that [that he no longer has a real chance of winning the title],” concluded Doornbos.
Another way to perceive the situation is that Red Bull would get no closer to winning the Constructors’ title if they imposed team orders on Perez. The Mexican has been the ‘king of the midfield’ for a long time, who could now race even further upfront with his new team.
Therefore, allowing Perez to bring the best out of Verstappen and vice versa, only aids Red Bull in their perennially persisting objectives. Regardless, it will intrigue to see how the management goes about dealing those affairs in a grueling 23-race season this year.
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