Sergio Perez believes he can win the Monaco Grand Prix given Purple Bull Racing’s competitiveness, regardless of his difficult begin with the staff.
Purple Bull changed Alex Albon with Perez after the 2020 season because it seemed to strengthen the second seat to make sure it might give Mercedes a much bigger problem. Nevertheless, Perez has but to complete on the rostrum within the first 4 races, being restricted to fifth place in Spain after a poor qualifying — attributed to a shoulder problem — after which being caught behind Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren for a lot of the race. However that hasn’t stopped him aiming excessive for Monaco.
“I’m wanting ahead massively to Monaco, particularly with this automobile,” Perez mentioned. “I feel we’ve a shot at profitable the race, so yeah hopefully we’re in a position to be again robust.
“I’m getting extra assured with the automobile, clearly. Each time I get to the top of the weekend I’m like, ‘I want the weekend simply begins now.’ Given how restricted observe time is lately it’s onerous to stand up to hurry, however I feel (Spain) was a specific one with not with the ability to be one hundred pc (in qualifying). It’s a massive distinction, so simply overlook this one and go once more in Monaco, study from what we’ve executed and are available again stronger.”
Perez believes he’s getting nearer to a full improved weekend after displaying encouraging race tempo at instances and being near pole place in Imola.
“I feel it’s vital to maintain making these steps and put the entire weekend collectively. It simply takes me a bit too lengthy to stand up to hurry after we go to a brand new circuit. The total Friday I’m adapting my fashion and never there with the automobile but — you see issues are coming, however not collectively. As soon as we put them collectively, undoubtedly we’ve the tempo to have the ability to go fairly fast.”
Perez is leaning on teammate Max Verstappen’s knowledge, however says one of many largest challenges he’s discovering is the Purple Bull wants a special driving fashion at every particular person circuit.
“The right way to drive the automobile, actually — learn how to get the utmost out of it, and learn how to adapt my driving fashion — that’s the factor I’m engaged on essentially the most, and each circuit is completely different. It’s not such as you study one thing (in Spain) and it really works in Monaco, that’s the primary factor that I’m nonetheless adapting with my fashion.”