Having switched from his longtime dwelling at Racing Level, Perez struggled for a lot of the 2021 season to get totally on top of things with the RB16B.
A win in Baku in June was a serious enhance, and he logged 4 third locations on his solution to securing fourth within the factors desk.
Nonetheless, new world champion Verstappen outscored him by 395.5 factors to 190.
Within the Abu Dhabi finale Perez was capable of play a supporting function by holding up Lewis Hamilton, permitting Verstappen to shut the hole to the Mercedes driver, earlier than making his tyre cease.
A grateful Verstappen subsequently referred to as the Mexican “a legend” in a radio message to the pit wall.
“Very intense,” stated Perez when requested by Autosport to sum up his season. “It has been extraordinarily intensive. Plenty of work has been carried out behind the scenes, numerous strain.
“When you find yourself at Purple Bull Racing the strain is on and everyone seems to be watching you, what you do and also you guys are clearly quite a bit tougher to a Purple Bull driver, which could be very comprehensible.
“However it hasn’t been straightforward, nevertheless it has introduced me onto one other stage, and having Max as a team-mate it actually pushes you to new ranges. I am having fun with it quite a bit at this level of my profession, I am very completely happy, and that is crucial.”
Requested to evaluate his team-mate’s efficiency, Perez made it clear that Verstappen is powerful in all areas.
Sergio Perez, Purple Bull Racing RB16B
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“He is actually good. He is actually at one with the automobile. He is superb in qualifying, he is actually good on the races,” Perez added.
“He is very full, skilled. I imply, the season he has carried out I feel it has been legend, you already know, it is actually spectacular, and large reward to him. He is actually at one with the automobile.”
Perez admits he has to boost his stage once more in 2022, significantly noting that he “simply lacked the consistency” in 2021.
“When you find yourself out of place and so forth… I feel the principle factor I lacked was consistency to always be at 100% with the automobile,” Perez stated.
“I’ve to boost my recreation for subsequent 12 months. And yeah, hopefully, we’re all capable of go ahead.”
Perez stated Verstappen’s title success meant quite a bit to him: “Truthfully it does, as a result of Max has been an awesome group mate since day one to me, and the group has been unbelievable to me. And I used to be ready to help my group mate.
“I am extraordinarily completely happy for everybody. , it is a disgrace on the finish, we did not get the constructors’, however I feel it was simply a few factors on the finish. And a few dangerous luck right here and there. However I stay up for subsequent 12 months.”