Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture
Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON
There must be something about the way Max Verstappen drives Red Bull’s recent Formula 1 cars that perturbs whoever happens to occupy the other cockpit. Four different sidekicks in as many seasons amounts to a level of instability rarely seen in Milton Keynes since Dietrich Mateschitz first entered the fray in 2005.
Daniel Ricciardo, once the favoured son, saw which way the wind was blowing and chose to ‘leave home’ for a fresh start – or “running from a fight”, as Christian Horner saw it. Pierre Gasly lasted just 12 races before Red Bull sent him back where he came, and now he is reborn. No such luck for Alex Albon, who toils in the DTM because there’s no room left at the inn.
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