Sergio Perez believes that he is yet to fully get used to his RB16B car after 5 race weekends.
The 2021 Formula 1 season has brought a lot of challenges to the drivers that switched teams. The reason for that is the fact that there have been only 3 days of pre-season testing, so these drivers are still learning something new about their new cars. One of them is Perez, who admits that the transition has been challenging so far this year.
“It’s a very unique season in that regard. Drivers changing teams, normally in the past, hasn’t been such a big thing,” he said. “But this year with so many variables out there, it has just made it harder. Some drivers have done a better job of it than others.”
The Mexican also supposes that his qualifying performance is the area the requires improvement.
“In Imola I managed to put it on the second row in my second race. I wasn’t expecting that already that in such a difficult track. But the progression hasn’t come on Saturdays,” he commented.
The Red Bull Racing driver supposes that he does not feel comfortable enough behind the steering wheel of his car, but at the same time sees the two race weekends in Austria as a perfect opportunity to adapt to RB16B.
“Whenever there is a little variable, I’m not fully at home with the car yet. But I can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
“[It’s] changing compounds, changing wings, changing weather, those kind of things,” he explained. “When you know a car like the back of your hand it’s very easy to adapt to those situations.”
“I’m not the only one out there who is struggling with a new car. I haven’t forgotten how to do the job, but it’s just unfortunately taking me longer than I would like to.”
“I think that will be very, very important. Going to more circuit places, especially Austria, doing two weekends, that will really speed up my learning.”