Sergio Perez is getting more and more comfortable with his new team but knows that he still has to make some changes to his driving style to be able to compete at the front.
At the first race in Bahrain, the race started quite differently than planned for the Mexican. On the opening lap, his car suddenly stopped. He lost all radio contact and had to restart his RB16B all by himself and without help.
Stopping on the formation lap had consequences – he had to start the race from the pits. In the race he fought his way up to P5 and became Driver of the Day.
Red Bull’s motorsports advisor Helmut Marko also knows that the Mexican still has some catching up to do and that “Checo” still has a bigger gap to Max Verstappen.
Perez said: “The negative is that I lose the time in two corners,” said Perez. “But here the way the wind is changing, and given that you get just a single lap, it hasn’t been easy to make that progression. The wind is changing all the time, but we can see that progression has been made. There are some specific problems related to the way that I’m driving the car, I have to adjust my driving to the car. Firstly, I need to make sure that I’m driving the way the car needs to be driven, and then work on that.”