Sergio Perez, the only Latin American player in Formula 1, has already toured with his new team
The Czech Republic, as it is known in the world of motorsport, already knows the performance of his new car. With his new team, Red Bull Racing, he will seek to push Mercedes off the podium alongside Dutchman Max Verstappen.
There is only more than a month left to the start of the Formula 1 season in Bahrain, and the teams that will participate in the competition continue to present their members and their cars.
On February 23, the Red Bull Racing Team unveiled their new RB16B, powered by Honda engine, in Silverstone, UK. Although it doesn’t offer substantial changes compared to the 2020 unit, Christian Horner, Red Bull’s director and project leader, expects the car to be more competitive than last year.
On the one hand, the Austrian national team is counting on its drivers to fulfill their dream of winning the championship. Dutchman Max Verstappen repeats with the team while Mexican Sergio Perez, with a great performance in 2020, appears as an ideal partner to achieve the goal.
Perez, who finished fourth in the 2020 season, seized the opportunity to tour for the first time on a circuit with the new team.
“I am satisfied with the progress we have made in terms of feeling more comfortable. Obviously, I have been driving for seven years in a cabin, in a seat with certain pedals, and the position itself is a huge challenge to overcome.” The 31-year-old said, “We have taken Certainly good steps in this regard, and I must say that I felt very comfortable on the first day. “
In addition, the pilot born in Guadalajara, Mexico did not miss the opportunity to announce his new case, a protective element in which he displays the Mexican flag.
“Yellow is the color of my helmet, before I used pink in the kit (by Racing Point) and now yellow will return. We have the flag. On board the boat,” Sergio said, “You can always see the flag and as a Mexican that’s special.”
The news coincides with the arrival of the América Móvil, an economic group that has supported Checo’s career in motorsport as a sponsor of the Austrian national team for next season.
“América Móvil has been a great Formula 1 promoter and we are excited to continue this relationship here at Red Bull Racing. The company’s passion and commitment to racing reflects our passion and commitment and we look forward to joining the long list of success they’ve had on the world stage with all of their brands,” Horner said.
“Checo ‘, career on the rise in Formula 1
Perez’s love for motorsports appeared at home. His father worked in a mechanical workshop, a fact that allowed him to meet Adrián Fernández, a former Indycar driver, who served as Pérez’s manager at the start.
Sergio reached Formula 1, the highest category in motorsports, in 2011 as part of Team Sauber. After two years in this team, he became part of Team McLaren (2013) and then joined Force India F1, which he would compete with between 2014 and 2018, to finally lead with Racing Point between 2018 and 2020.
Until 2020, when he finished fourth with 125 points, Perez’s best place was eighth in the 2018 season.
In the secondary categories, the Mexican adds a British Formula 3 Championship title (achieved in 2007) and second place in GP2, a precursor to Formula 1, when in 2010 he was behind Venezuelan priest Maldonado.
“I am very grateful to Red Bull for giving me the opportunity to race for Red Bull Racing in 2021. The opportunity to race for a team competing for the championship is something I have been waiting for since I joined Formula One,” Perez said. In December 2020, when the new team introduced it.
At the time, Christian Horner indicated that the election of Perez came after a painstaking analysis conducted between Mexican Mexican and Thai-British Alex Albon.
“After spending our time evaluating all the relevant data and offers, we decided that Sergio is the right driver for the Max Partnership for 2021,” Horner said.
With Perez in the driver brace, Red Bull wants to return to the title. The last year the team was able to celebrate was in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton’s now-teammate of Mercedes, and saw the German home dominate the last seven leagues.
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