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Canadian Grand Prix | Sergio Pérez: “I can be world champion”

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“I’m here because I think I can be world champion. That’s why I get up every morning.”

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Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
The print

This quote comes from Sergio Pérez. The Red Bull driver met The print, Wednesday evening, as part of the partnership with Patrón Tequila. Dressed in white pants and a dusty blue shirt, the Mexican exuded a soothing calm. He was quick to say that he was happy to be back in Montreal, “one of the most special weekends of the year”.

“The fans are great here and there are a lot of Mexicans and Latin Americans coming. ”

The last time Canadian fans saw Pérez in action at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, he wore the colors of the Racing Point, now called Aston Martin. He had taken the 12And ranking, behind among others Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll (his teammate at the time). Let’s say the portrait has changed.

With five podiums, including a Monaco win in eight Grands Prix this season, Pérez is currently in second place among the drivers. His Red Bull teammate, reigning champion Max Verstappen, is the only one ahead of him. It is therefore a fratricidal duel at the top.

” This is [un début de saison] even better than I had imagined, to be honest, the pilot said. We had some problems with our reliability, we were a bit unlucky for some races, but I think we were competitive overall. ”

That’s the least we can say.

A great challenge

On 22 May, during the Spanish Grand Prix, Pérez was leading at 49And ride when ordered to let Verstappen precede him. “It’s not fair, but it’s okay,” he nodded into the microphone before performing.

Asked if he had difficulty accepting the situation, the pilot said no. “I had a good chat with the team,” he said. When asked if he would agree to do it again now that he is well placed in the championship match, he replies that he would “100%” trust his team. “If they told me to do it, I would do what they asked me to do. I don’t see why it wouldn’t make sense. ”

The Mexican also states that he and Verstappen have “a good relationship and a good level of mutual respect”. “Obviously he is a very talented driver. He is capable of delivering excellent races and excellent results. It is a great challenge for me to have him as a teammate. ”

But the fact remains that Pérez wants to win. This is his ultimate goal.

If I were here thinking I wanted to finish second, I would have to stay home instead. […] I’m here because I want to win and I think I can do it. Having this motivation is what drives me. That’s what I’m here for.

Sergio Perez

Perez is 32 years old. For more than 10 years he has been working in the queen discipline of motorsport. He has come a long way.

As recently as 2020, he found himself without a seat after seven years at Racing Point, formerly Force India. Two years later, he leads for a high-level team. And the Drivers’ Championship is more accessible than ever.

“I think I’m driving at an extremely high level,” he said. Maintaining this level every week and throughout the season is what will open the door to the fight for the championship. Being in the race, thinking about the championship, about the fact that all points count, is a great challenge and a great opportunity for my career. ”

Life has some good things in store for you, right? we ask him.

“Of course. We always tell ourselves that we must make the most of the opportunities we are given. […] This is what I did. Even if those years with Red Bull had not arrived, I would still be very proud of what I have achieved in this sport because I gave my best with what I had. ”

Mexican pride

With his victory in Monaco on May 29, his third Grand Prix, Pérez became the most successful Mexican driver in Formula 1 history, overtaking Pablo Rodríguez. But that means “nothing” to him.

“I don’t like comparisons between Mexicans because that’s how our country is. In my country it is always said: this is better, this is worse. I don’t like. As a Mexican, I am really proud of what others have accomplished, of what I have accomplished. I don’t care if I’m the best or not. The important thing is that we are all proud of each other.

“I think there is a lot of talent in my country and I’d like to see a Mexican do even better than me. I would feel extremely proud. ”

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