Sergio Perez regrets taking the ‘wrong approach’ with his RB19 as he recalls 2023 defeat to Max Verstappen
Sergio Perez had an extremely tough time competing against Max verstappen in 2023.
Max verstappen, Sergio Perez and Christian Horner (Via IMAGO)
Sergio Perez had a torrid time behind the wheel of the RB19 during the 2023 F1 season. Perez was nowhere near the level of Max Verstappen in terms of performance and with the season being done and dusted, he has recently taken the time to dwell on things from where everything went downhill for him.
Sergio Perez began his 2023 campaign on a high note as he secured 2 wins during the first four races. However, after that, things went south for him quickly and it was only after the Qatar GP weekend, that he felt, things turned around for the better for him.
Perez has made it clear that a wrong approach cost him dearly during this year’s campaign. After Qatar, the Mexican spent some time with his engineers to understand what he was doing wrong and while talking about the same, he recently said, as reported by racingnews365;
I had a really deep, deep warning in Qatar where I went back to the factory for like a week and went through it in detail with all the engineers. We understood a lot of things that we weren't doing to compensate the weaknesses that we had, and we were probably taking the wrong approach with the car and trying to compensate them too much with car setup.
Sergio Perez’s Red Bull deal will come to an end in 2024
While Sergio Perez regrets taking the wrong approach during the 2023 F1 season, he can’t afford to dwell too much on it. The upcoming campaign holds immense significance for him as it would be his last season with Red Bull if he is not able to renew his contract with them.
Moreover, next year, he will have several eyes glued on him throughout the campaign for several reasons. One is his contract situation, and the other is the performances that the former Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo will be seen putting in for the Faenza-based AlphaTauri Formula 1 team.
Second best in the world. Had some rough times this season, but the important thing is we never gave up.— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) December 8, 2023
We've learned a lot and we'll come back even stronger in 2024. We achieved everything as a team! Great job @redbullracing !@Max33Verstappen deserves that championship more… pic.twitter.com/ZHU9nrZ25b
Keeping in view everything that has been discussed above, the 2024 campaign is going to be a fascinating watch from the point of view of Perez and Ricciardo’s supporters. No matter what happens, one of the drivers will eventually end up disappointed at the end of next year.
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