Perez: 2021 season brought me to another level

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez has reflected on his first season at Red Bull Racing, admitting that it was not an easy year for him.

The 2021 Formula 1 season was the start of a new chapter in Perez’s career – he joined Red Bull Racing. Perez had to adapt to the new car, which was not an easy task, but he eventually managed to do it. The Mexican had his second F1 win in Azerbaijan and visited the podium several times. Most importantly, he was a key factor in Max Verstappen’s triumph in Abu Dhabi.

Perez admits that despite the challenges, he has enjoyed the season.

“[It’s been] very intense, extremely intense. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes, [with] a lot of pressure,” he said.

“When you are at Red Bull the pressure is on and everyone is watching you, what you do… and you guys [the media] are obviously a lot harder to a Red Bull driver, which is very understandable.

“It hasn’t been easy, but it has brought me to another level. Having Max as a teammate, it really pushes you to new levels. [But] I’m extremely happy; I’m enjoying it a lot.

“At this point of my career, I’m very happy, and that’s the most important thing.”

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