Former driver Jolyon Palmer was impressed by Sergio Pérez during the Turkish Grand Prix. It was one of the first times that he could actually keep up with teammate Max Verstappen, the Briton says in his column for Formula1.com.
According to the former Renault driver, it was a race in which the second drivers showed their value. Valtteri Bottas took the win and Perez showed what he has been achieved for a long time: “For Lewis Hamilton it was important that his teammate wins. Where Bottas made smiling faces at Mercedes, Pérez was also doing well. He was able to climb the podium again for the first time in eight races.”
The Saturday of the Mexican is still the worry child. “Perez’s poor performance on Saturday meant that he always had to catch up before he could help Verstappen in his battle with Hamilton. The poor qualifications made Pérez unusable. In the race, Pérez can often come close to the pace of the Dutchman and on Sunday he was also very strong in difficult circumstances,” the former Formula 1 driver said. He continues: “On Sunday he was extremely good at thwarting Hamilton’s race, something he planned in advance, you could see it in the way he fought.”
Verstappen and Hamilton often drive at a pace that many cannot follow, including their teammates. In Turkey, however, it was clear how important the second man of the team is. “Hamilton has only finished behind Perez twice, while it was Verstappen’s first time this season that he finished behind Bottas,” Palmer said.