Sergio Perez is set to over-deliver this season because the Mexican, lastly a race winner, steps into one of many hottest of seats as Max Verstappen’s Crimson Bull group mate.
The 31-year-old would be the fourth driver in as a few years to attempt to reside alongside a 23-year-old who has emerged as an actual risk to Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Not like instant predecessors who fell quick alongside the Dutch driver, Thailand’s Alexander Albon and France’s Pierre Gasly, Perez can rely on greater than a decade in grand prix racing.
“I’m assured in my talents,” the Mexican, whose resume features a troublesome and sad 12 months at McLaren, informed reporters on Thursday.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time earlier than I get on prime of every thing however I do not see why with time I am unable to.”
Requested about his targets, he replied: “To over-deliver on the automotive’s efficiency. If now we have a automotive adequate to win the championship, to ensure I win it. If now we have acquired a automotive that’s good for second, then make sure that to win.”
Perez proved a preferred first time winner, in his 190th begin, with Racing Level (now Aston Martin) in Bahrain final December.
It had seemed then like he was leaving the game, with 4 occasions champion Sebastian Vettel already signed to take his place, however Crimson Bull threw him a lifeline.
Now he’s hungry for extra wins with a group hoping for an actual battle with Mercedes after ending distant runners-up in 2020.
“You get a bit too hooked on it. One win is simply the primary one and you’re ready to get the second,” he mentioned.
“It provides you a number of confidence as nicely — you’ve got been there and skilled that and you recognize that you are able to do it once more.”
Perez, fourth total final 12 months, anticipated Verstappen to be “a large benchmark” in qualifying however mentioned he was totally motivated and dealing flat-out on his health.
“When issues do not go nicely, the strain hits you exhausting. And when you find yourself skilled, when you’ve gotten been way of it earlier than, it simply makes you give attention to the proper stuff,” he mentioned.
“I simply assume the chance is available in an ideal level of my profession and it should work out nicely.”
The season begins in Bahrain on March 28.