Perez made a robust begin to his second season with Purple Bull in 2022, taking pole in Saudi Arabia and victory in Monaco to go away him 15 factors off Verstappen after the opening seven races.
However the Mexican’s kind took a dip forward of the summer time break as he conceded the event of the RB18 automotive had left him feeling much less comfy with the automotive.
Perez rallied together with his second win of the yr in Singapore and additional podiums in Japan, Mexico and Abu Dhabi to shut out the season, though it was not fairly sufficient to beat Charles Leclerc within the combat for third within the standings.
Reflecting on his season in Friday’s FIA Champions press convention on the end-of-year prize giving, Perez defined how he bounced again from early reliability struggles and the tough patch mid-year.
“It began very difficultly with the reliability that we had early on at first of the season,” Perez stated, referring to the gasoline pump points that hit him and Verstappen in Bahrain and Australia.
“However I feel in a while, we have been fairly aggressive, we have been very constant. Then we had just a few dangerous races that put us a bit behind Max, however we nonetheless managed to get some good factors, good podiums, just a few wins.
“I feel we obtained our season again on monitor for the ultimate eight or so races. It was an intense battle in the direction of the tip with Charles and Ferrari.”
Sergio Perez, Purple Bull Racing RB18
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Perez ended the yr three factors behind Leclerc within the championship, nevertheless it nonetheless marked his most profitable season to this point together with his highest ending place, most wins and most factors in a single marketing campaign.
Perez’s kind was sufficient for Purple Bull to hand him a new two-year contract shortly earlier than his victory in Monaco, conserving him with the staff till the tip of the 2024 season.
Perez admitted that he felt “quite a bit higher” with Purple Bull by means of his second yr as he continued to regulate to the staff, saying that becoming a member of when Covid-19 restrictions have been nonetheless largely in place in 2021 had made it trickier.
“Entering into a brand new staff, it’s fairly intense, particularly becoming a member of the staff throughout the Covid instances made it somewhat bit harder attending to know everybody round me,” Perez defined.
“It was tough, however I feel definitely it was a large distinction. I can simply really feel that issues are simply getting higher.
“This morning I had a very good breakfast with all my engineers, and we may already really feel that we’re a lot extra ready with yearly we’ve collectively.
“Definitely issues are not off course.”