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Canadian GP: Red Bull ‘sensible’ about racing with Max Verstappen, says Sergio Perez

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“I just want to do my best for myself. I am in this Championship 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 about everything. they have done.” – Sergio Pérez; watch the Canadian GP live on Sky Sports

Last update: 06/17/22 23:26

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Sergio Pérez recognizes his own ambitions and that of the team

Sergio Pérez says Red Bull is being “sensible” when it comes to the competition between him and teammate Max Verstappen.

The Mexican driver, who according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is currently in the “shape of his life”, sits second in the Drivers’ Championship behind Verstappen.

With just 21 points separating them and Red Bull in the lead on the track, attention on the drivers’ rivalry and the team’s strategy is intensifying.

Pérez knows that he is performing well, but he also recognizes that the position of the team is of paramount importance.

“I just want to give 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,” Pérez told sky sports f1 in Montréal.

“So far the team has been very sensible with everything they have done.

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

“In Barcelona, ​​we were not in agreement,” Pérez continued. “We talked after the race and agreed immediately. You could see that the change had already been made for Monaco.”

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

At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Pérez was annoyed at letting Verstappen pass early on and not regaining favour. Then, in the closing moments, with the Mexican leading the race, he was told not to slow Verstappen down.

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The following weekend in Monaco, Pérez won his first race of the season, but Jos Verstappen criticized the team’s approach, before being dropped by Horner.

“Dads and fathers are never totally objective,” Horner said. “What wasn’t apparent was all the information we have during a race. If Max had pitted, then he would have come out behind George (Russell) at that point.”

“Jos is his own person and personality. He has opinions and that’s absolutely fine, that’s his opinion. The reality for us was obviously a little bit different… no problem.”

Perez’s team boss then went on to clarify the team’s current position regarding race strategy. He insisted that if Perez outqualified his teammate, as he did in Monaco, he would get the first call during the race.

“The No. 1 driver is the one in front, it’s as simple as that,” Horner said. “That’s why Checo got the call at the pit stop, Max wouldn’t even have had track position, for example, on that lap.

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

“Collectively as a team, we have to fight and challenge Ferrari, which looks very fast this year.”

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In Baku, the team’s ‘no fight’ orders were delivered to Perez via team radio, which Horner said was only to avoid a repeat of 2018 when the two Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen, They had a serious collision.

“We talked the morning before the race and said if we find ourselves racing each other, let’s just give each other space and respect the team. That’s why we remind Checo ‘not to fight.’

Perez said he didn’t need to have the conversation because “it was clear” and Max was quicker.

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

Sergio Pérez on his partner Max Verstappen

By signing his new contract to remain at Red Bull, Perez feels a greater amount of ‘stability’ and that should allow him to try and reach his ultimate goal.

“I’m 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 am enjoying the run-up, because having a team like Red Bull is a lot of fun for us, but it is about winning.

“The combination of both [fun and winning]I haven’t found it anywhere else. That’s why I’m very happy with the team.”

Horner: There is a healthy respect

Both Red Bull drivers lead the Drivers' Championship standings

Both Red Bull drivers lead the Drivers’ Championship standings

Now that the season has moved to Montreal, Red Bull boss Horner reiterated that both drivers recognize the challenge facing the team this season.

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

“They recognize that the work they’re doing for the team is bigger than certain interests at the moment, we’ll see if it stays that way. They’re pushing each other and getting the best out of each other.”

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

“Things can change so quickly, at the moment it’s about building that gap and maintaining that gap with Ferrari. The drivers have done a brilliant job so far this year and we just need to keep that momentum going.”

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