You’d have forgiven Purple Bull check and reserve driver Alex Albon for jealously guarding his secrets and techniques from Sergio Perez, after his race seat on the workforce was taken by the Mexican for the 2021 season. However talking after his first Purple Bull win on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Perez paid tribute to his predecessor, saying how a lot he’d appreciated the recommendation he’d acquired from Albon since becoming a member of the workforce.
Albon was promoted to the Purple Bull seat halfway by his first season in F1 in 2019. However regardless of some occasional sturdy performances from the Thai driver, Purple Bull took the choice on the finish of 2020 to exchange him with the out-of-contract Perez, holding Albon on as a check and reserve driver as a substitute.
And following his maiden Red Bull victory on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – the place Perez was cheered on the rostrum by workforce mate Max Verstappen, regardless of the Dutchman having retired from the lead after tyre blowout 5 laps from the tip – Perez was requested in regards to the workforce spirit in Purple Bull, with the Baku winner taking the chance to reward each Verstappen and Albon.
“I believe we’ve obtained a reasonably good workforce,” stated Perez. “I believe what Max did [when I was on the podium] was nice to see. He actually deserved the win, he did all the things excellent that weekend, he was simply very unfortunate, so it was actually his win.
“And Alex as nicely,” Perez added. “He’s placing a lot work into the simulator, with the engineers.
“I keep in mind after I got here right here, you wouldn’t anticipate from him to be so open, in a manner, with me,” Perez added of Albon. “However he defined to me all the problems that he’d had, how the automotive works and that was very good, since day one, to have from him, so I actually appreciated that, and I admire the work that he’s placing weekend after weekend with the workforce, with the simulator.
“That is teamwork, and in the end we’re there thanks to each single particular person within the workforce.”
Albon in the end misplaced his seat at Purple Bull resulting from not having the ability to get on the tempo of Verstappen persistently, each in qualifying and the races, throughout his yr and a half with the workforce.
However with Perez having been in a position to match the tempo of Verstappen within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier than benefitting from his workforce mate’s retirement to assert victory, the Mexican stated that having two drivers who might lap persistently on the tempo of each other on a Sunday was a “nice enhance” for Purple Bull, as they go in the hunt for their first drivers’ and constructors’ titles since 2013.
“I really feel very, very proud to begin with,” stated Perez of his first win for the workforce, and his second total in F1. “It’s a victory that actually exhibits the quantity of labor we’ve put in, since mainly the primary of January. It simply exhibits that onerous work at all times pays off, so I’m very proud and it’s an amazing enhance for the entire workforce to know that we’ve obtained two vehicles that may struggle. We actually need to win this championship.
“[But] it’s solely race six,” Perez added, after Red Bull stretched their lead over Mercedes within the constructors’ struggle to 26 factors in Baku. “It doesn’t actually matter the place we are actually, it’s the place we end Abu Dhabi, so we simply must preserve chipping away and get there ultimately, ensuring we maximise our automotive potential.”