Canadian Grand Prix: Red Bull are “reasonable” for the race with Max Verstappen, says Sergio Perez

“I just want to do my best for myself. I am in this league and I want to win it, but I am also aware that we have to take care of the team. So far, the team has been very sensible with everything they have done. “- Sergio Perez; watch the GP of Canada live on Sky Sports

Last updated: 17/06/22 23:26

Sergio Perez admits both his own ambitions and those of the team

Sergio Perez admits both his own ambitions and those of the team

Sergio Perez says Red Bull are “sensitive” when it comes to the race between him and his teammate Max Verstappen.

The Mexican driver, who Red Bull team director Christian Horner says is currently in “life form”, is second in the drivers’ championship after Verstappen.

With only 21 points separating the two and Red Bull leading the track, the spotlight on the rivalry of the pilots and the strategy of passage is intensified.

Perez knows he is doing well, but he also acknowledges that a possible position is paramount.

“I just want to do my best for myself. I’m in this championship and I want to win it, but I’m also aware that we have to take care of the team,” Perez told Sky Sports F1 in Montreal.

“So far, the team has been very sensitive to everything they have done.

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Take a look at the highlights of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

Take a look at the highlights of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

“We did not agree in Barcelona,” Perez continued. “We talked after the race and agreed immediately. He could see that the change had already been made for Monaco.

“That’s why I’m super happy, I recently renewed the team. Things are going in the right direction and my role is to try to go to the championship.”

On the Barcelona-Catalonia track, Perez was annoyed as he missed Verstappen early and did not get his favor back. Then, in the final moments, when the Mexican was leading the race, he was told not to detain Verstappen.

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Take a look back at the best of the action from the Monaco Grand Prix

The following weekend in Monaco, Perez won his first race of the season, but the successful approach was criticized by Jos Verstappen before Horner put that aside.

“Fathers and fathers are never completely objective,” Horner said. “What was not obvious was all the information we had during the competition. If Max had come out of the blow, then he would have come out, I think George (Russell) at the time.

“Joss is his personality and personality. He has opinions and that’s absolutely good, that’s his opinion. The reality for us was obviously a little different – that’s not a problem. “

After that, the head of Perez’s team continued to clarify the current position regarding the strategy of the competition. He insisted that if Perez surpassed his teammate – as he did in Monaco – he would receive the first call of the race.

“Driver 1 is the driver ahead, it’s that simple,” Horner said. “That’s why Cheko got the pit stop call, Max wouldn’t even have a position on the track, for example, on this tour.

“But our battle is not between the two drivers, we have a very competitive Ferrari with two fast drivers.

“Collectively as a team, we have to accept the battle and accept the challenge to Ferrari, which seems very fast this year.

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Look back at the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan from the track in Baku

In Baku, the “no-fights” team orders were delivered to Perez on the team’s radio, which Horner said was only to avoid a repeat of 2018, when the two Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen suffered a heavy collision.

“We spoke the morning before the race and said that if you find yourself competing with each other, then just give yourself a seat and respect the team. That’s why we just reminded Cheko of “no battles.”

Perez said he shouldn’t have had a conversation because “it was clear” and Max was faster.

We have very open communication; we have a good relationship. He wants to win and I want to win, in the end we have a lot of respect for each other. If there is something, we do not need the team to tell us what to do, we are both mature enough to know what is right and what is wrong.

Sergio Perez for teammate Max Verstappen

With the signing of his new contract to stay in Red Bull, Perez feels more “stable” and this should allow him to try to achieve his ultimate goal.

“I am in a privileged position. I’m here because I want to win, I’ve been in the sport for so many years, right now I just want to win.

“I have a great opportunity and I enjoy the lead, because with a team like Red Bull we have a lot of fun, but it’s all about winning.

“The combination of the two [fun and winning], I didn’t find it anywhere else. That’s why I’m very happy with the team. “

Horner: He has healthy respect

The two Red Bull drivers lead the drivers' championship standings

The two Red Bull drivers lead the drivers’ championship standings

After the season moved to Montreal, Red Bull boss Horner reiterated that both drivers acknowledge the challenge the team faces this season.

“There is healthy respect between the two drivers,” he said. “They actually like each other a lot, which helps, we’ll see if that continues!”

“They realize that the work they do for the team is greater than certain interests at the moment, we will see if it stays that way. They push each other and get the best out of each other.

“As long as they respect each other [they can compete on track]what you don’t want to do is see one put the other in a wall or something.

“Things can change so fast; it’s about building that difference and maintaining that difference from Ferrari. Drivers have done a brilliant job so far this year, and we just have to keep that momentum going.”

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