Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner complimented Sergio Perez after the Bahrain GP saying that the Mexican showed a “very calm head” after a compromised start due to an engine problem during the formation lap.
Perez had to pull over before the start of the season opener because the engine of his Red Bull car had stopped. Luckily for him, the car restarted, but he had to start his first race from the pit-lane. However, this did not stop him from showing a great performance to everyone. Eventually, Perez ended the race in P5 after overtaking many drivers on track.
“I think his drive today was very mature,” said Horner. “He showed his experience.”
“He had an issue obviously on the warm-up lap, but he kept a very calm head. We lost all communication with the car, and he took control of the situation. He rebooted the car, effectively, got it going.”
“I think his recovery drive was very strong. So it’s very useful for him to get the time in the seat and get more used to the car. And I think his overtaking, his pace was very strong. So that’s encouraging for him.”
Perez did not have much experience with the RB16B since the pre-season testing only lasted three days, and he had to share the car with his teammate, Max Verstappen. However, the Mexican driver showed that he had a great pace, and it seems that he is adapting to the car quickly.
“The positive or the negative is that I [only] lose the time in two corners,” he said. “But here the way that the wind is changing and given that you just get a single lap, it hasn’t been easy to make that progression. The wind is changing all the time and so on, but we can see that progress is being made.”
Perez also added that it was not easy to improve in the areas where he lost lap-time compared to Max because their driving style is a bit different.