Forward of one of many hardest checks of his F1 profession, Sergio Perez says he has “nothing to lose” as he prepares to tackle the game’s ‘breaker of spirits’.
Whereas the controversy on whether or not Crimson Bull was fallacious to permit Carlos Sainz to slide by way of its fingers continues, the very fact is that former Toro Rosso teammate, Max Verstappen has earned a considerably fearsome repute since, seeing off, and compromising the profession paths, of the likes of Daniil Kvyat, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.
Subsequent up into F1’s lion’s den is Sergio Perez, nevertheless the Mexican, who watching the 2021 season from the sidelines till he was recruited by Crimson Bull, insists that Verstappen holds no worry for him and, as he’s already within the Autumn of his profession, has nothing to lose in going head-to-head with the Dutch teenager.
“Since I knew I used to be coming to Crimson Bull, I knew I used to be going to be dealing with an enormous problem in Max, he is a really full driver,” the Mexican tells the official F1 web site’s Past the Grid podcast.
“He’s a really robust driver all spherical and that is going to be an enormous problem on myself,” he admits. “It is what I wished, I wish to measure myself towards the perfect within the sport, it is an awesome problem and an awesome alternative that I am trying a lot ahead to.
“The best way I see it’s that I’ve received nothing to lose in my profession,” he continues, “I have been fortunate sufficient to have a unbelievable profession, no matter comes subsequent is nice.”
Reflecting on the primary head-to-head, testing by which the Mexican’s finest time was 1.227 off his teammate’s tempo, on the identical compound, he stated: “Situations have been so completely different in these couple of days for each of us, I have never seen sufficient.
“He is pushed the monitor which is 10 to fifteen levels cooler at instances and vice versa, with the wind altering. I believe within the first three or 4 races I’ll know extra.
“He’s only a very chilled man,” he stated of Verstappen, “there isn’t a political issues happening round him, he simply enjoys driving. We have had good enjoyable within the few instances we have spent collectively.”