“Bottas is more likely to take points from Verstappen” – Sky’s F1 pundit and former driver Martin Brundle has urged Sergio Perez to join Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen in their battle against Mercedes.
Sergio Perez made a last-ditch move to Red Bull from Racing Point last season, replacing the under-performing Alex Albon. The Mexican is expected to do big things here, starting with providing better support to Max Verstappen in their challenge to Mercedes, which he is doing, as he gets to grips with the car.
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Perez has finished in the Top 5 three out of four times this season already, but on the flip side, hasn’t looked menacing enough to be on the podium. This is the improvement Martin Brundle is expecting from him, as Mercedes counterpart Valtteri Bottas is proving to be a better team player at the moment.
“It does appear the Red Bull is highly tuned to Verstappen’s preferences, driving style and formidable car control because Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon and now Perez have all relatively floundered. Sergio’s head may be wiser and more experienced, but he’ll need to lean on every single element of that now to play his essential role and not crumble.”
“On 94 points and with three victories so far in 2021, this is Lewis Hamilton’s best-ever start to a championship season, which is ominous for his rivals. He’s on scintillating form and Red Bull urgently need more power and grip for Max, and for Perez to join the battle.
“Right now, it appears Bottas is more likely to take points from Verstappen on occasions than Perez is from Hamilton, and that could be critical.”