After some difficult years for Red Bull Racing trying to find a teammate who is at the height of the young talent Max Verstappen, after the last 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Austrian team decided to let Alexander Albon go and hire the Mexican driver, Sergio Perez. It is well known that being a teammate of the Dutch driver is not an easy job at all. Max is usually in contention for the grand prix win or second place. It is no longer usual to see him lower than the second step of the podium. In addition, the last two predecessors who had the privilege to drive that second seat at Red Bull did not have a happy ending, as both were stripped of it. Yes, it is true that the Mexican driver is still not up to fighting for podiums, much less with his teammate, but not everything is bad for Checo. Having raced for the Austrian team for four races, the Mexican driver owns a total of 32 points and stands sixth in the drivers’ championship, behind both Mercedes, his teammate, Lando Norris’ McLaren and Charles Leclerc. Checo comments that he feels more and more prepared and adapted with his RB16B, so much so that the Mexican driver has affirmed that his goal for the next Monaco Grand Prix is victory, with the argument that he is almost 100% already of adapted with his new team and his new car.
“I’m getting more confident with the car now and every time I get to the end of a weekend, I think, I wish the weekend was just starting now’” The Mexican driver commented as reported on F1’s official web.
“Every circuit is different so what I learn here [in Spain], will be different to what I need in Monaco, but the main thing is that I am still adapting and hopefully soon we can be 100%. I am excited for Monaco, especially with this car as historically it’s been competitive and I think we have a chance of winning.” Checo said in an interview after the Spanish Grand Prix.
As we have already mentioned, that second seat on the Austrian team is usually listed as the most difficult to adapt to. At the beginning of the season, Checo had commented that he thought that in about four or five races, he was going to be fully adapted to his RB16B. To date and after four races already taken place, Perez is still unable to achieve his first podium as a Red Bull driver. The Mexican driver has explained what may be one of the reasons for this, which is the lack of time on the track. Remember that the free practice sessions on Friday have been cut from an hour and a half to just an hour. Regarding this, Checo comments:
“It’s important to keep making those steps and put the whole weekend together. It just takes me a bit too long to get to speed. When we went to a new circuit, the full Friday, I’m adapting my style. So I’m not there with the car yet.” He affirmed. “You see that things are coming, but not together. But I think once we are able to put them together, definitely we have the pace to be able to go pretty quick.” This is how he ended his conversation.
Red Bull’s last win in Monaco was back in 2018 with Daniel Ricciardo. The Austrian team has been very competitive, as Checo mentioned, in that particular circuit. One of the main advantages Red Bull has is their aerodynamic design and, as we know, Monaco is all about aerodynamics. In what position will he finish during next week’s Monaco Grand Prix?