Finally, the wishes of the observers and fans were fulfilled. This year’s competition is no longer a success story for one team. Red Bull Racing has created a car that can take on the Mercedes that has triumphed in recent years.
Max Verstappen has already won three races. Lewis Hamilton has the same number of wins. However, after Sergio Perez’s victory in Azerbaijan, Red Bull Racing leads the duel 4:3. Milton Keynes holds the top spot in both rankings.
When the fight is very fierce, other drivers play an important role. Perez was appointed to Red Bull pre-season. Although the start of the season has not been easy for the Mexican, he has been doing better with each successive weekend. In Milton Keynes, they certainly don’t regret the decision they made in the fall. Thanks to Perez’s good form, the RBR has more strategic options during the races.
If Perez had not been at the window to stop, they would have tried two stops and we would have been in a tough spot. – Marco said in an interview with f1-insider. – That’s why we hired him.
There is a reason he is said to be a tire care specialist. He was close enough to the Mercedes in the first stops to create tension. Therefore, he was able to transcend [Valtteriego] Bottas in the end.
– Perez is clearly doing a better job than Bottas. This is what we wanted and needed. We have lost it in recent years.
Although many believe that Perez’s main task is to “secure” Verstappen, Marko sees the situation a bit broader.
– It’s not just Max’s assistant. If Max is unlucky, as in Baku, Sergio is there and ready to win. Mercedes realized that, too. They could no longer use the same tactics as they did in their years of domination. You can also see that they make mistakes.
– Perez will get stronger and the pressure will increase on Mercedes.
Formula 1 is now heading to Austria for two racing holidays at the Red Bull Circuit. Marko hopes to tour his home grounds for Austria’s concern.
“We’ve always done well at Spielberg,” Servus TV said. – For some reason, the Honda engine performs better than the Mercedes engine. Maybe we’ll get five wins in a row?