Red Bull driver Sergio Perez believes the team is set to ‘dominate’ throughout the whole of Formula 1’s new era following a promising start to the 2022 campaign.
Despite being compromised by three mechanical failures in the first four rounds of the season, Red Bull has shown a strong early pace and is one of only two teams able to compete for race victories based on raw pace alongside Ferrari .
Led by technical chief Adrian Newey, the Milton Keynes-based team has produced a fast car for F1’s new generation of technical rules, which has seen the series return to ground-effect aerodynamic concepts for the first time since the 1980s.
With longtime rivals Mercedes toiling, Red Bull has managed to unlock enough speed to allow Max Verstappen to defend the world championship he won at the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, even though Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is the current leader in the drivers’ position.
The team finished 1-2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola last weekend, where Verstappen won ahead of Perez, and the Mexican believes they are now ready to ‘dominate’ F1 in the coming years.
“We still have a lot of issues to solve, but the most important thing is that we are competitive and Red Bull is ready to dominate the next few years with these new rules,” Perez said. Fox Sports Mexico.
“We should lead both the driver and constructor titles. It has been a difficult start, but the team has worked hard to be on par with Ferrari, we have scored several points from Ferrari.”
Perez was hired by Red Bull as a replacement for the Thai-British driver Alexander Albon, who was dropped at the end of the 2020 campaign after being far better than Verstappen. Although Perez could not match the Dutchman’s pace last season, he significantly helped his championship victory, but is reluctant to be considered another rider.
“I could not be in F1 just to be there, knowing that I am the other driver,” the 32-year-old explained. ‘It would be a lack of respect for my career. I’m in F1 because I know I can win and become champion. I do not want to [only] win races, my focus is on winning the championship. ‘
Despite Verstappen’s status as the current world champion, Perez insists that the pair get together and be allowed to run against each other by the team.
‘There is a good atmosphere among the drivers. I want to beat Max and I want to be in front of him. He is unique and it is something that has happened in a good and natural way, we have the best team and it has helped us further.
‘If they asked me to let Max win a race when I could win the championship, we would have problems, but now I can not see [that being] the case. The team has been open to telling us that they want both drivers ahead, nothing would be better than fighting for the championship with Max, because that would mean Red Bull is the powerhouse. ‘
The fifth round of the 2022 F1 season takes place in Florida, with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix set for the weekend of 6-8. May.
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