Sergio Perez has set his target for the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix; the Red Bull driver isn’t just eyeing a podium but a race victory altogether in a bid to soak in with the hundreds of thousands of Mexican audience that are likely to show up to the event.
Of course, winning in front of the home crowd is one of the top priorities for an F1 driver, making it less shocking to hear the same from Perez.
However, how far will Red Bull be pleased with Perez’s target? Not so much, especially amidst Max Verstappen’s title hopes hanging in balance.
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in the garage during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake
Winning the big trophy is all Verstappen and his crew is focusing on, hence a potential Perez victory in Mexico might deny Verstappen a huge opportunity to extend his gap to Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s standings.
Yes, the team orders might come into play, assuming Perez is leading and Verstappen is not far off behind. But, the big question is, will the Mexican oblige to the swap if there is one to come?
Sergio Perez chasing after his 2nd Red Bull victory in Mexico
Speaking to Motorsport, Perez was sound enough to affirm that he will be unstoppable at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. He is not giving up on his childhood dream just for the sake of increasing Verstappen’s probability of winning the title this season.
“It would be a pride to be able to achieve one of my childhood dreams,” he said affirming his urge to win the Mexican GP. “This time it is a real opportunity that depends on me and my team, other years it depended on many other factors. It is a very real option, my motivation is at 100.”
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and second placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Yves Herman
Overall, an exciting race weekend ahead for Red Bull, but more so, a complicated one. They will have two drivers carrying two different reasons to win the race. But, the big question is, who are Red Bull going to back this time around?
Perez has been loyal enough since the start of this season, especially in Le Castellet where his crucial decision helped Verstappen beat Hamilton to the race win. So, is it time for Verstappen and Red Bull to return the favor?
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