The contrast between the season of Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez is being abysmalEven the Mexican is aware of it. At the Hungaroring he broke the losing streak of five Grands Prix without entering Q3, managed to be ninth in qualifying and climbed to the last step of the podium in the race. Ricciardo’s return to the ‘Gran Circo’ and the bad results that Pérez is having, are causing rumors about whether the Mexican will continue next year in the Austrian team.
The opinion of experts and not so experts in Formula 1 regarding the driver from Guadalajara is increasing, and on this occasion the last one to ‘join the party’ has been the former pilot Ralph Schumacher. the german in sky sports has made reference to the mental state of `Checo´ as one of the reasons for his poor performance: “Sergio Pérez has been in a rather pessimistic mood lately. He has made so many serious mistakes in the last few weeks… and he was again the target of criticism in Hungary, where he crashed in the first practice session”.
The results of the Mexican are in worse place when compared with those of his teammate, the former Williams driver thinks there is a lot of difference between the two and that Pérez will not continue at Red Bull: “The problem with Pérez is consistency. He performs too erratically and may not be mentally stable enough. The difference with Max is too big and for me his days at Red Bull are numbered”.
A break to seek change
Nevertheless, The Austrian team is having a great season and in Hungary they achieved the record for consecutive victories in F1. Sergio Pérez is aware of his results and hopes to improve in the second half of the season: “The first half of the year has been incredible for the team, but for my part, I have had four or five weekends where I have not maximized the points that I could have taken. For the second half of the season I just want to get my form back and score as many points as possible.”
There are still 11 grand prix to be played and the Mexican can turn the situation around, but for Schumacher, Red Bull is playing the mistake with the pilot: “Red Bull cannot afford to have one driver who is clearly slower than the other. The team is logically trying to make Pérez believe that his job is not in danger.but I don’t think Pérez will drive for Red Bull next year.