Sergio Perez made history on Sunday by winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Mexican took his first victory ever for Red Bull Racing. Perez’s father is very proud and also shares a small sneer at McLaren, the team where the now 31-year-old driver in 2013.
According to Antonio Perez Garibay, the pressure to perform was a lot greater at the Woking-based racing stable. “If you ask me at what stage Checo had more pressure, it was at McLaren, when he had a car that wasn’t competitive and they asked you for results. In this team (Red Bull) it’s the opposite, they ask for results but give you weapons to go forward.”
Perez signed a multi-year contract in 2013 to replace Lewis Hamilton. However, the car was not good enough to compete for podiums. That was no excuse, however, as Perez was unceremoniously bumped out a year later.
Perez’s father observes that Perez feels comfortable at Red Bull and that he is getting used to the new environment. “I see a Checo who is much more relaxed, who understands his car, a Checo who knows what he is doing,” he tells Marca.
Father of Sergio Perez on the radio
“Veo un Checo mucho más relajado que está entendiendo su auto. En Red Bull se piden resultados pero te dan armas para estar e ir hacia adelante”
— MARCA Claro (@MarcaClaro) June 7, 2021