Sergio Perez says that due to the intense battle for the world title of Red Bull Racing last season, he did not have the time to adapt after coming over from Racing Point.
Perez had a difficult start to the 2021 season. In Azerbaijan, he claimed his first Formula 1 win, but overall he had a hard time getting used to the car. The Mexican finished third in total four times in addition to his victory, but it was not enough to help Red Bull Racing to the constructors’ title. Mercedes grabbed the championship for the eighth time in a row with a lead of 28 points.
In Tag Hauer’s podcast The Edge, Perez says that the intensity of the season did not allow him time to settle down with his new team: “The fact that in my first year at Red Bull Racing we fought for the constructors’ title and that Max was fighting for the drivers’ championship, I felt like I didn’t get the adjustment process that is normally good for a driver when a car is competitive but cannot or cannot win a championship.”
The 31-year-old veteran continues: “I got there right away with no adjustment process. It was a great challenge. From my side it was really intense and I was able to learn a lot. I think with all my engineers I worked harder than ever to get me adapt to the team. It wasn’t easy, but we worked hard and gave our best.” Perez finished fourth with 190 points.