After contract termination at Racing Point, Sergio Perez’s fortunes turned around when he was offered a Red Bull seat for 2021. He’s set against an enormous task known as Max Verstappen within the team and Mercedes on the outside. However, the Mexican’s expectations remain high.
“It’s a dream come true. When I put my Red Bull shirt, I thought ‘wow, this is the brand I drive for!” said the Mexican in his first interview as a Red Bull man.“It’s amazing and hard to imagine. It’s an opportunity I have worked so hard for – for more than 15 years. I think it’s come at the right time, I’m ready for that and I will grab it with both hands.”
“It’s a fantastic brand. Of all the teams in Formula 1, I thought there was no chance for me to join it because I wasn’t part of the junior programme, but when the opportunity came I took it. I worked with Christian and his dad, I drove for him in my first season in GP2,” added Perez. “It’s crazy to think after 12 years we’ll be working together again. I admire Christian a lot. First of all, he’s a fantastic person to have around you and he’s also a great team leader. There are great times ahead of us.”
Max Verstappen’s new teammate will drive a Honda engine for the first time in 2021, in the final year in F1 for Honda. ”I am looking forward to that enormously. I am aware that everyone at Honda is working hard for their last season in the sport and with the whole Red Bull family, we hope to finish at the top together. Hopefully, we will give Honda that title in the last year,” concludes the Mexican.