Sergio Perez admits he is Max Verstappen’s teammate | Tech US News

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The best way to judge a driver against another is to put them in the same machine, and that’s exactly what happened to Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

The Mexican was impressive with Racing Point, even winning a race, but since joining Red Bull in 2021 he has been unable to mount a serious challenge for the title against his Dutch team-mate, more often than not having to settle for a wingman role helping Verstappen against other competitors.

Perez believes he is improving year on year and the team is helping him become a better driver, and says he knows what he needs to do to reach Verstappen’s level.

“Well, I think the lesson of this year was that it was a great year as a team. I need to speed up my racing pace a bit, especially where there were more qualifications last year, I think,” he explained.

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“You can race a lot closer with these cars, so I think we need to pick up that race pace. The understanding with the team, with the car, I think that’s been better in the last few races.”

This year the 32-year-old has become a master of street racing, winning in Monaco and Singapore, while coming close in Saudi Arabia and really coming into his own at those races.

In his first year with Red Bull, Perez struggled at times, even failing to reach Q3 on a couple of occasions, but this year the Mexican has been much more consistent, challenging for the podium at least most race weekends.

Perez believes Verstappen is difficult to beat as the 25-year-old has been with the team for a longer period of time, meaning he is more established and used to the team, which gives him an advantage.

“Well, it’s a big challenge to be his teammate,” he said.

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“Max has been working at a very high level from FP1 all weekend so I just learned a little bit and tried to beat him and try to do the things he does.

“So obviously it’s not an easy task. I don’t believe there is anyone who can come in and beat him right away. He is very solid with the team.

“It’s been here for a while, so I think I’m just getting close to the year, so I’ll give it another go next year and see what happens.”

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