Sergio Perez believes racing the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is “another level”, compared to midfield runners.

Perez has a frontrunning car for the first time in his career, after spending his first 10 seasons in midfield machinery. This brings him closer to the world class talents of Hamilton and Verstappen, who he says are very different people to race against.

“It’s obviously a great boost of motivation throughout the season to come to a race and you know that if you deliver to your maximum, you can end up winning a race,” Perez said.

“Also, the pressure is on, you know you have to deliver to a very high level. You are competing against the very, very best drivers. Against a very top team like Mercedes. So the level of delivering, it’s to a new level. Every single point and the way the team works, trying to maximize every single performance point is very important. You are into the next level.”

Perez starts his 200th Grand Prix this weekend, when F1 returns for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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