Perez: No reason why Baku performance can’t repeat

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 06: Race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda takes the chequered flag as he passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, achieving his second victory in Formula 1, after his teammate Max Verstappen suffered a puncture in the final stages of the race.

The Mexican struggled to get used to his new RB16B car, but his performance in Baku shows he’s more comfortable with his machine. He later explained that he feels he made good progress and that there’s no reason why he can’t keep his form up.

“It certainly feels that I’ve made good progress, not just this weekend, also in Monaco,” Perez said.

“Every weekend, the understanding grows and after each weekend we do a very deep analysis. We do a lot of work back in the factory to try to figure out what we can do better as a team.

“But yes, certainly I think we are getting there. We are improving and I see no reason why going to a different track we cannot be able to have a similar kind of performance.

“Definitely my confidence is growing. The understanding with the team is getting there. It’s only race number six of the season, there’s still plenty to go.

“But it’s important to keep this momentum and to keep improving, race after race.”

“We didn’t have the start of the season we were hoping for,” he later admitted.

“I found my adaptation harder than expected, but we have been working extremely hard since day one with the engineers back at the factory.

“Finally we got a very good result for the team. We have been showing flashes of speed here and there. But I think [in Baku] everything was looking great until Q3 run one when we got it wrong. But we didn’t let ourselves [get] down. We looked forward and we had a tremendous race.

“I’m extremely pleased with the result. This definitely gives a big boost of confidence to myself and also to my team, to my side of the garage. We have such a rollercoaster through the seasons, it’s important to enjoy these moments.”

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