Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez expects to fight for the victory at the Imola Grand Prix. The Mexican, who had a struggling but decent start to the season at Bahrain, expects to get to the top spot of the podium in Italy.
Pérez is the new signing of Red Bull after they dismissed Alexander Albon. The Mexican finished fifth after experiencing problems with his machine during the formation lap – something which made him start the race from the pit lane. While he did not win the race, he won Driver of the Day for his tremendous efforts.
Now, coming into the weekend of the Formula 1 Grande Premio Del Made In Italy E De’ll Emilia Romagna, Sergio Pérez feels confident he can fight for a podium and even the victory.
“My objective is to have a good race. Let’s hope that I can fight for a podium in Imola, and even for the victory. Contrary to Bahrain, qualifying here is very important, since there’s very few places where you can overtake on this circuit,” Pérez said.
“I think everything will be pretty close with Mercedes, and we’ll see how big the difference is between us in this type of circuit. It’ll be interesting to see how well we perform at Imola, a layout which is very different to Bahrain, so we’ll have to compare our lever with theirs,” he continued.
The Mexican admits he learned “a lot” during his Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, especially getting insights on how Max Verstappen’s driving style is, something he says will help him at Imola.
“I learned a lot on my first weekend with the team. I learned, especially, about Max’s driving style, and how do you have to control the car to make the maximum out of it, that’s where I paid the most attention. I know what balance I need to control the car this whole weekend at Imola,” he concluded.