After becoming a member of from Racing Level for the 2021 season, Perez initially struggled to stand up to hurry with the difficult Pink Bull RB16B as he labored to regulate his driving fashion to the automotive.
However the Mexican driver has loved a surge in kind currently, scoring three consecutive podium finishes to attract Pink Bull to inside some extent of Mercedes on the high of the constructors’ championship.
Perez put in certainly one of his finest shows of the 12 months to complete third in Mexico final Sunday, narrowly shedding out to Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in a late battle for second place.
Talking after the race on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Pink Bull group boss Horner praised Perez for the way he had constructed up his confidence and lifted his performances.
“He is discovered his confidence within the automotive,” Horner mentioned.
“It’s actually come since after the summer time break. I feel his performances have gotten stronger and stronger, and so has his confidence.
“He is discovered that confidence now. He is driving very nicely and he is placing in precisely the form of efficiency that we have been hoping for.”
Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB16B
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Perez turned the third driver in as many seasons to associate Max Verstappen at Pink Bull when he was drafted in for 2021 to exchange Alex Albon.
Albon and his predecessor, Pierre Gasly, had additionally struggled with the traits of the Pink Bull automotive, that are extra tailor-made to Verstappen’s driving fashion.
Requested why Perez had lacked confidence initially at Pink Bull, Horner mentioned: “I feel it was only a very new fashion of idea of automotive and feeling from the automotive, and clearly environment.
“It is simply taken some time to dial into that, and he is managed to work it out.”
Pink Bull has managed to diminished a 36-point deficit to Mercedes within the standings right down to only a single level within the final two races because of Perez’s podium finishes, leaving the group with an opportunity to assert its first constructors’ title since 2013.
As happy as Perez was together with his end result on house soil, he felt Pink Bull needed to nonetheless perceive “what went so incorrect” in qualifying when the group misplaced out to Mercedes after dominating observe.
“Unexpectedly it swung round, and Mercedes was a really robust drive,” Perez mentioned.
“There are nonetheless 4 races to go, issues are getting actually tight.”