Having arrived on the Milton Keynes-based workforce filled with confidence, and declaring ambitions to out-perform the automobile he had beneath him, the 2021 F1 season has not been as easy as he would have favored.
The shortage of pre-season testing, and discount in Friday operating at grands prix, left Perez, together with the opposite drivers swapping groups, on the again foot.
And though there have been some apparent highlights – together with a entrance row begin at Imola and that victory in Baku – equally there was a justifiable share of frustration too.
For Perez, the core downside will not be that he isn’t as much as the job, or that he’s missing the expertise of operating for a front-line workforce.
It’s that Crimson Bull’s automobile philosophy is so alien to him that it’s nearly like he’s having to be taught to race in a brand new class this season.
“The way in which you extract the lap time on this automobile, the best way you might be combating if you find yourself in soiled air, in comparison with what I used to be used to do, and the way you drive the races, may be very totally different,” Perez tells Autosport.
“Plus, it’s the way you take care of the tyres. Each automobile has totally different necessities of rim heating, and rim cooling, with very particular particulars as all the pieces is linked to the tyres.
“So it is only a totally different world, to be trustworthy. It’s like I’ve modified class to be very trustworthy. It is only a totally different class.”
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
Perez isn’t any stranger to working with a giant workforce, having had that character-building season with McLaren again in 2013 the place he realized an terrible lot about what can go mistaken.
However what has made this transfer to Crimson Bull probably more durable for him is the double whammy of a automobile that wanted a very totally different strategy from what he was beforehand used at, plus the workforce being within the place for gunning for the title.
That has meant that the stress, and the highlight, has been on him an unimaginable deal.
“It is a huge alternative, however yeah I additionally am conscious that I’ve modified lots the philosophy,” he explains.
“I went from one workforce to a really totally different workforce when it comes to how the automobile achieved the lap time, and it has been more durable than anticipated, altering groups, , particularly coming to a workforce that’s already combating for the championship.
“It is nice to be in a workforce that’s combating for the championship however, on the similar time, it is tough as a result of you do not have that adaptation that if you find yourself combating for the championship you are absolutely engaged with the automobile. I did not have likelihood to try this.
“I am simply studying lots, , from the automobile, and from the workforce. I got here to a really totally different workforce philosophy, engine and automobile, so I’m simply getting on with it and, with time and simply bettering, issues are getting higher.
“However it isn’t a simple course of and nonetheless it is an ongoing course of. Coming into a brand new construction, a construction like Crimson Bull, it is very huge, and it isn’t simple to search out your ft. But it surely’s getting there.”
Sergio Perez took his first Crimson Bull win in Azerbaijan.
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
Maybe the one factor Perez has lacked essentially the most this season has been time. He has mentioned on a couple of events that he begins the weekends massively taking part in catch-up in figuring out what he must do to make his automobile fast.
However his fee of progress in understanding the set-up and tyres is a lot throughout a weekend, that he needs he may begin once more after the chequered flag on Sunday.
“I am nonetheless needing numerous time once we go to a brand new circuit,” he says.
“I take like the entire Friday to be there in qualifying, and that’s simply chipping away by means of qualifying. Then it is simply too late when you’ve gotten such a deficit by means of Friday.
“Ultimately I get there, but it surely simply takes me an excessive amount of time to get on high of that.”
Equally, what Perez has discovered is that to make the Crimson Bull RB16B function to its finest, it must be hustled in a manner the place life isn’t comfy for the driving force.
For Max Verstappen, his power in balancing a automobile on the sting of adhesion has seen him do issues with Crimson Bulls that earlier team-mates have struggled to match.
Perez provides: “I would say it is a quicker automobile, however simply the best way you extract the lap time may be very totally different.
“On the finish of the day, all F1 automobiles come very shut collectively, but it surely’s simply the best way you extract the utmost lap time from every automobile that may be very totally different. And I went to a automobile that may be very totally different.
“I discover that with the Crimson Bull automobile, you’ve gotten a really slim window, the place it operates. It is vitally necessary to remain in that window as a result of if you happen to exit of it, it would really feel a bit extra comfy but it surely’s not essentially a quicker automobile. So I believe it is numerous me adapting to the automobile.”
However regardless of the clear difficulties he has had, and the duty being more durable than he initially thought, what Perez isn’t missing is the conviction that he can get issues sorted.
His entrance row begin at Imola, and that victory within the Azerbaijan GP, have proven what he can do when the automobile is in the proper window.
They’ve given him the boldness to know that when that feeling of being at one with the automobile ultimately comes, then the outcomes are positive to comply with.
“It’s simply rising that data collectively, and it’ll develop into very pure,” he says.
“In the intervening time will not be pure but, however it’ll get there. I assume that already this yr, within the second half of the season, I shall be there and we shall be fairly sturdy.
“I’ll simply get stronger and we as a workforce are going to get stronger.”