Daniel Ricciardo’s return to Red Bull doesn’t change anything for me
Sergio Perez claims Daniel Ricciardo’s return to Red Bull will not change the team’s plans for him in 2023 and beyond. The ex-Red Bull man returns to the Milton Keynes team in 2023 but takes on the role of a third driver.
Sergio Perez is expected to stay with the Austrian team at least until the end of 2024 and says he does not feel any pressure from Daniel Ricciardo’s return. The Honey Badger was forced to leave McLaren after two dismal years with the Woking team. The Australian failed to adapt his driving style to that of the McLaren car and was therefore dropped for Oscar Piastri, who will join the Papaya team next year. Perez certainly knows what it’s like to get out of a racing seat, having managed to snag a seat at Red Bull in late 2020.
Despite rumors of Daniel Ricciardo’s arrival putting an end to Perez’s future at Red Bull, the Mexican has no worries at the moment. He said SkySports F1:
“I’m very relaxed. We live under a lot of pressure all the time – that doesn’t change anything from my side. I think it’s a great achievement for the team to have a driver like Daniel. He will contribute a lot.” for our team. He’s a great guy, he’s one of the guys I get along with the most [with] in the paddock. It’s great to have Daniel on the team and on my part [it] does not change anything.”
Sergio Perez will learn a lot from the 2022 F1 season, claims Red Bull boss
According to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, Sergio Perez will learn a lot from the best season of his career. The Mexican finished the season P3 in the Drivers’ Championship, just missing second place secured by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Perez had his best year in the sport to date after notching two wins and his first ever pole position. Overall, the season has been pretty impressive for the Mexican and Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes it will help him in the long run. Discussing the fight for P2 that the Mexican lost, Horner was quite pragmatic from his point of view, acknowledging that Charles Leclerc was probably just too unlucky this season. Speak with motorsport-total.comhorns said:
“You have to look at the season as a whole. And I think both Checo and Charles will regret missed opportunities, and it was a few more for Charles than for Checo. You have to look at the performance over a year, not a single one. “Race and Checo had the best year he’s ever had in Formula 1.”
“I think he’ll take a lot of positives with him. It’s the first time he’s finished in the top three in this championship and I think he’ll learn a lot this year too.”
It will be interesting to see if Sergio Perez can mount a sustained championship challenge in 2023.