Recent years have shown that being a teammate of Max Verstappen will cost you your job more than it will do you good. Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon can talk about that in the meantime. Sergio Perez will not come close to the Dutchman this season either. He realizes this himself.
The Mexican, who will also drive in the Red Bull next season, says that he has only come to appreciate Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton more thanks to this season. In addition to the drivers themselves, he now also knows the person Verstappen, he says during the press conference prior to the weekend in Turkey. “Of course it’s very difficult to know someone as a driver if you don’t work with them and drive the same car. So I just knew they are very fast and very talented.”
Perez learns from Verstappen and the car
Perez is sometimes amazed at Red Bull when he looks at Verstappen’s data. According to the Mexican, you can clearly see with the Dutchman that he has several years of experience with the car. “You only get to know your strengths and weaknesses when you work in the same car and in the same team all season. And he is really one with the car at Red Bull. That makes you realize how long he has been in this car.”
Verstappen knows exactly what he needs
Verstappen impresses Perez not only as a driver, but also beyond. His preparation, how he handles the battle for the world championship and the enormous pressure that comes with it. According to Perez, the Dutchman is always well prepared. “He knows exactly what he needs when he goes into a race weekend. His mind is very clear and he always reaches a very high level in the first free practice, which is quite impressive,” said the Mexican.