Perez: Red Bull's 2021 F1 challenger has "good potential"

Sergio Perez feels that Red Bull's new RB16B Formula 1 car has "good potential" after saying its improved grip was noticeable at a filming day on Wednesday

Perez: Red Bull's 2021 F1 challenger has "good potential"

The Mexican had already spent a day at Silverstone testing a 2019 Red Bull RB15 car, before getting a first outing in the team's new 2021 challenger.

Speaking about his early impressions, even though mileage was limited, Perez said he was encouraged by the first feel.

"I can see the potential," he said after the test. "I was extremely pleased to come from the RB15 and already have a reference of how a Red Bull car feels.

"So jumping into my car, the car that I am going to be driving this year, it's incredible.

"I can just feel a step in overall grip at all speeds. I could already feel that. I haven't done a lot but I can already see that the car has good potential."

Max Verstappen also got his first taste of the RB16B at Silverstone as well and while he said there were some differences compared to last year's car, he was clear that the day was not about judging its overall speed.

"Of course there are differences," he said. "I mean, already the big change is of course the floor, they cut it a lot on the rear. So the car is always going to behave a bit differently.

"But it's not about setup work or whatever. It's just about getting comfortable in the car, and get a basic understanding of the car. And then all the work has to be done anyway in Bahrain."

With testing opportunities so limited, Perez believes it would still take him a couple of races to get fully comfortable in the cockpit of the car.

"It takes a lot of time to be 100% comfortable and I expect myself to be doing changes in the first five races of getting very comfortable with the car," he said.

"But I have to say that we've done a lot of progress on that. We've changed the seat. We have adjusted the belts. Every time we were doing something different. So that's the priority, to get me comfortable with it, so when we go to Bahrain we are ready to kick some ass."

shares
comments
AlphaTauri reveals new nose design for AT02 F1 car
Previous article

AlphaTauri reveals new nose design for AT02 F1 car

Next article

Haas becomes final team to reveal 2021 F1 season launch plans

Haas becomes final team to reveal 2021 F1 season launch plans
The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams Plus

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams

What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Plus

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Plus

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Plus

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment? Plus

Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment?

The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2022
Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2022
How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes Plus

How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes

With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2022
How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era Plus

How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era

STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2022