The 2021 season saw Red Bull securing the F1 drivers’ championship for the first time since 2013 thanks to their Dutchman Max Verstappen. Max Verstappen’s partner Sergio Perez also played an important role in their title campaign as a team player, with his most impressive performance coming in the 2021 season finisher in Abu Dhabi where he defended Lewis Hamilton for whole 3 laps helping Max Verstappen to get closer.
Individually the Mexican debut season at Red Bull wasn’t as flashy as expected as he was often outperformed by his teammate Max Verstappen and was fighting for a P3 against Mercedes number 2 driver Valtteri Bottas. Sergio Perez in Red bull’s 2022 challenger RB18 launch expressed his desire to get to his best with the team. Sergio Perez said that team Red Bull, the fans, and the media expect another Verstappen from him which needs a lot of resilience.
“Red Bull expects another Verstappen and the media too, and the fans too. All of that comes with it. I feel I’m pretty strong in that regard but it requires a lot of resilience to it,” says Sergio Perez.
Mexican F1 journalist Luis Ramirez believes Sergio Perez “will have to fight to change internal pecking order” in 2022 to have a shot at the title
Mexican Formula 1 journalist Luis Ramirez shared his opinion on his countryman Sergio Perez’s chance at winning the title in 2022. Luis Ramirez said Sergio Perez will have to fight an internal war to eradicate the first and second driver difference in Red Bull as Max Verstappen got the advantage of being the champion. He went on to say that Sergio Perez has to use his never-giving-up attitude to get the best out of Red Bull as his contract runs out this year.
“He will have to fight a war internally. Because now Max is champion, he carries even more weight within the team and we know there is a first and second driver at Red Bull. Perez will have to fight to change that internal pecking order,” Luis Ramirez said.
“But if Checo has shown one thing in Formula 1 in the past year, it is that he never gives up. And that’s why he drives for Red Bull. Now he has had a year at Red Bull, he knows how to get the best out of the team,” Luis Ramirez added.
Luis Ramirez went on to say he believes Sergio Perez has a chance to go for the title in 2022 as he got the hunger, tools, and talent at his disposal in the radically changed 2022 season.
“But 2022 is a year of many changes. From the new rules for the car to the freezing of the development of the power units, and from a calendar with a record 23 races to a new fuel. If Red Bull continues to compete at the front, Perez will have the tools, the hunger, and the talent to be a title contender. So, I think he has chances,” says Luis Ramirez.