Sergio Perez did not score a podium for Red Bull yet, and he puts pressure on himself to deliver at the maximum and help the team in the fight against Mercedes.
Perez started his adventure with Red Bull with a great recovery in Bahrain, then he grabbed P2 at Imola but failed to score points in tricky conditions. Plus, in the last two rounds, the Mexican struggled to deliver a good performance as he was stuck in the midfield. However, Perez admitted that he does not feel that the team is putting pressure on him.
“All the pressure is coming from myself,” Perez said. “I want to deliver to the maximum car potential, to where the team is operating at. The team hasn’t put any pressure on me, and I know what kind of job I have to do, so they don’t have to tell me what to do.
“The responsibility is with me, it’s to deliver to my maximum. It’s not mainly to help Max, it’s to deliver, to be in the fight where the car needs to be. It’s as simple as that. I have to be where the car deserves to be, and I wasn’t able to do that last weekend.”
Perez has a hard challenge this year, which is getting accustomed to a new car. He did not see good results yet, but he is trying to work hard and get the results he wants.
“I think if we take Barcelona out of the equation there’s no reason to be concerned. I think Barcelona was already done on Saturday due to some other reasons, but if we take that race away there are some positives and there is a lot of progress that’s been made.
“These days, track time is very limited. When you start the weekend you go into practice, and you have to be on it, you don’t have a lot of time to even do a setup change or set up a compromise. We go pretty blind into the race on Sunday.
“It is what it is, it’s the same for everyone at the end of the day, it just makes it harder for the drivers who have changed teams, having that limited amount of track time. So to me, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to be chasing another direction because Max has proven that his direction works well, and I certainly see good potential if I can get there.”
Finally, Perez admitted that the Monaco GP weekend is going to be crucial for his season because if he can find the right confidence there, it will be easier to find it on other venues.
“You need that confidence with your car in Monaco. So if I’m able to build that throughout the weekend and feel at one with the car then it will be very good for the rest of the season. If you can get that confidence in Monaco then you can get it anywhere else. So it’s a very important weekend for me in that regard to be able to build and get that confidence with the car – which I don’t have just now – and hopefully we can do a very good weekend here.”