The head of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, told why the team chose Sergio Perez and what they expect from the Mexican driver.
Christian Horner “Sergio is a very experienced driver, already ten years in Formula 1. He had a great last season, looked great in the race. I think he will be able to put more pressure on Max than Elbon last year. Hopefully both drivers will now be able to compete with Mercedes.
I still remember Perez’s debut season in Formula 3. He did a great job and won several races, including Monza. I was impressed by his performances. Then he worked with Adrian Fernandez, and Carlos Slim also worked closely with him.
In his first year in GP2, Sergio was faster in racing than qualifying. He never gave up, which has become his hallmark in racing. It is no coincidence that he managed to win several podiums while driving a car that did not allow him to fight for places in the top three.
He has always worked great with rubber in racing. But it’s not just that – when choosing a rider, we look at the big picture. We analyzed his performances. He impressed us last year in Istanbul and in both races in Bahrain. Now he is at a stage in his career where he is good at everything.
For Red Bull, rider money is not critical. Sergio Perez is very popular in Latin America and especially in Mexico. We have never seen such high interest in our contract application with him. It’s great that Formula 1 is so popular. In addition, over the past few years, we have sprung up many social media platforms and have noticed tremendous growth in traffic from Latin America. It’s great for Formula 1. “
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