Sergio Perez drove one of his best races in a Red Bull car at the Monaco GP a few weeks ago. The Mexican finished ninth in the qualifying session, and managed to make up to five places in the main race on Sunday. Perez finished P4 for a second time this season, and was within hitting distance of his first podium finish in a Red Bull car.
Sergio Perez made his way to Red Bull in December last year, after he ran out of contract at his previous employer, Aston Martin. The 31-year old replaced the Thai driver, Alex Albon and has done a fine job so far.
However, when asked about whether a podium finish would mean more at Red Bull, he responded in the negative. “Yeah, doesn’t really change much,” he answered when asked whether a podium finish would be more special at Red Bull.
“You know, at the end of the day, you’re here to maximize your full potential and your car’s potential. So if you have a car that is capable of winning the race, you obviously can only be satisfied with winning the race,” Perez added.
“Coming second, you don’t maximize your performance. So depends on how competitive we are this weekend, but obviously the target is to fully maximize my car potential this weekend,” he continued.
Exciting times for Red Bull: Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez moved within three points of Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas after the Finnish driver was forced to retire because of a pit stop mishap. The Mexican has finished P4 and P5 on two occasions each, and has also been voted as the Driver of the Day on two occasions.
Red Bull lead the championship race by just one point, and Sergio Perez believes these are exciting times for the team. For the first time in years, Mercedes have looked vulnerable, and Red Bull have an opportunity to win the title.
“We are pushing flat out on the car on our side,” he said. There’s a lot of potential on our side, you know? I think, out of the competitors, I’m the one that has the most to come yet. So yeah, very exciting times for us at the moment,” Perez added.