“I've been in the sport in different teams in different eras. I think I know what I need from myself, but I also feel I can push the team forward in certain areas, just by talking to the team. I think we know the direction. Obviously, I have to wait and drive the car, but there are already some good ideas that we've been sharing with the team that, hopefully, can bring some performance on the track,” Sergio Perez said in a video interview conducted during a recent visit to the Red Bull Factory.
This is the first time Sergio Perez has changed teams since moving to Force India in 2014. The driver likened the switch to a 'dog finding a new family' when he said:
"Obviously I've been seven years with a team, so it feels a bit different. It's like a dog finding a new family: you've been with a family for so many years, and you're used to seeing them, and then all of a sudden, you're changing. But I have to say, I'm starting to feel very comfortable here. It's a fantastic team, very united, and I can see that there's a lot of fun ahead of us.”
Sergio Perez will have to contend with Max Verstappen
Sergio Perez is aware that his new teammate Max Verstappen will pose a significant challenge. However, Perez feels that the two of them can take the team forward together.
“It's a big challenge for myself, you know. We all know Max, how talented, how fast, how much he has grown in the past years; how complete he is by now. So he's definitely one of the best and one of the fastest, if not the fastest out there in the current grid," Sergio Perez said.
Continuing in this regard, Sergio Perez said:
“So, yeah, it's a massive challenge in a way. He's been here a long time; he knows what he wants and what he needs from the car. But it's a great challenge, and I look forward to working with him and push together forward for the team.”
In Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, Red Bull have a competitive pairing; they would be looking to take some massive strides forward in the 2021 season.