Sergio Pérez: “Was pushed to the limit”

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Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Pérez met the expectations of his superiors in 2021 and was the perfect teammate for Max Verstappen. The Mexican is confident about the upcoming season.

The 2021 season went well for Sergio Pérez, the Formula 1 veteran was allowed to step on the gas in the Red Bull Racing racer alongside Max Verstappen and made it with a win in Baku and four other podium places in Le Castellet, Istanbul, Texas and Mexico City finished fourth in the World Cup.

The 31-year-old from Guadalajara showed a steep learning curve over the course of the season, for which he received much praise from team principal Christian Horner and Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko reaped. He himself knows that he has learned a lot. In a press round at the end of the season, he said: “I was pushed to the limit by Red Bull Racing.”

“The engineers, mechanics and team bosses also have to give their best,” said the Mexican. «Everyone works tirelessly to achieve the perfect result. That was a great experience that brought me to a whole new level as a driver, ”he proudly added.

Accordingly, Pérez looks to the upcoming season with confidence: “We already have a good basis on which we can build and improve. That is a big difference to last year. I know all of the team members, and I know who to ask and how to get the best out of each one. It’s a completely different situation. “

Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, December 12th

01 Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1: 30: 17.345 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, +2.256 sec
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21, +5.173
04. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +5.692
05. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +6.531
06. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, +7.463
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +59.200
08. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, +1: 01.708 min
09. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, +1: 04.026
10. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, +1: 06.057
11. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1: 07.527
12. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +1 lap
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1 lap
14. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +1 lap
15. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, +3 laps
Out
Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, crash
Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, hydraulics
George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, drive
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, gearbox

World Championship stand after 22 of 22 races

driver
1. Verstappen 394.5 points
2. Hamilton 387.5
3rd Bottas 226
4. Pérez 190
5th Sainz 164.5
6. Norris 160
7. Leclerc 159
8. Ricciardo 115
9. Gasly 110
10. Alonso 81
11. Ocon 74
12. Vettel 43
13. Stroll 34
14. Tsunoda 32
15. Russell 16
16. Raikkonen 10
17. Latifi 7
18. Giovinazzi 3
19. Schumacher 0
20. Mazepin 0
21. Kubica 0

Teams
1. Mercedes 613.5
2. Red Bull Racing 584.5
3. Ferrari 323.5
4. McLaren 275
5. Alpine 155
6. AlphaTauri 142
7. Aston Martin 77
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 13
10. Haas 0

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