Lewis Hamilton mentioned he’s “so glad” to see Sergio Perez earn a chance with Purple Bull, which he says will put the group in a stronger place to combat for wins in 2021.
Perez will associate Max Verstappen in 2021 after being confirmed as Alex Albon’s alternative. Albon struggled for type this season and, regardless of two podium finishes, was typically a great distance off the tempo of his teammate, leaving Verstappen to combat the Mercedes drivers on his personal.
Against this, Perez capped off a standout 2020 marketing campaign together with his first F1 win on the Sakhir Grand Prix and Hamilton mentioned his type deserved a transfer to a stronger group.
When requested if he’s excited dealing with a extra skilled Purple Bull, Hamilton mentioned: “Yeah positively.
“With all due respect to Alex, within the races that we have had it has been me, Valtteri [Bottas] towards Max. I have been within the place the place Max is, after I was at McLaren after I was the lead automotive and the second automotive wasn’t within the combat. After we had been combating towards Ferrari, they may mess around with the technique and make it loads more durable for us.
“Naturally, this makes Purple Bull stronger, notably with the best way Sergio is performing. I feel Sergio has pushed extremely properly this 12 months, and really deserved a drive. I used to be so, so, so glad to listen to he was taken on one of many prime groups and given this chance. I feel it should be an thrilling battle to look at him up towards Max.
“That is going to make it a lot more durable for us as a group, we will have to actually step up our recreation, as a result of that is going to be a battle we’ve not seen for a while, having the 2 drivers there combating towards us. However we relish that as a group, that is what we work in the direction of, we love the problem and it should make it that rather more thrilling.”
Verstappen mentioned Albon’s stronger efficiency on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when he put stress on Hamilton late on, confirmed the advantage of having two aggressive vehicles at each race.
“I do not suppose it should change something from my efficiency, but it surely’s extra we will have a second automotive which is able to being up there, the entire race, attempting to place a little bit of stress… for instance in Abu Dhabi, on the finish Alex was fairly shut and it simply prevents, more often than not, Mercedes attempting to go for an additional cease of no matter, and I am in additional problem.
“More often than not after we had been aggressive this 12 months, I used to be the one automotive attempting to beat them and attempting to do one thing totally different. However they’ll all the time do the precise technique with one in all them, as a result of they may cowl me with one automotive.
“It was all the time just a little bit tough to combat them, I hope that Checo will initially after all, push the group ahead but additionally to maintain me on my toes, which is all the time good, to have a team-mate pushing you, it is thrilling.
“Hopefully with a bit extra of a aggressive begin, hopefully make it simply extra attention-grabbing and tough for them to make selections.”
When requested if he had a say within the remaining choice, Verstappen mentioned: “After all we spoke about it, I simply gave my sincere opinion. I feel it was fairly clear that all through the entire 12 months, it was typically fairly tough for Alex.
“He is a terrific man, I am glad he is a part of the group nonetheless. However on the finish of the day, it is Helmut, Christian and naturally Dietrich making the selections. I knew a bit earlier than, however on the finish of the day, that does not matter.”