Sergio Perez makes bold promise that Red Bull will ‘dominate’ F1 throughout new era

Sergio Perez is enjoying a strong start to the 2022 Formula 1 season. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez believes that the team is set to ‘dominate’ throughout Formula 1’s new era, after a promising start to the 2022 campaign.

Despite being compromised by three mechanical failures in the opening four rounds of the season, Red Bull have shown strongly early pace and are one of only two teams capable of competing for race wins based on raw pace alongside Ferrari.

Under the stewardship of chief technical officer Adrian Newey, the Milton Keynes-based squad has produced a quick car for F1’s new generation of technical regulations, which has seen the series return to ground effect aerodynamic concepts for the first time since the 1980s.


With long-time rivals Mercedes toiling, Red Bull have managed to unlock enough speed to allow Max Verstappen to mount a defence of the world championship he won at the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, though Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is the current leader in the drivers’ standings.

The team took a 1-2 finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola last weekend, with Verstappen winning ahead of Perez, and the Mexican believes the they are now set to ‘dominate’ F1 in the years to come.

‘We still have a lot of problems to solve, but the main thing is that we are competitive and Red Bull is set to dominate the next few years with these new regulations,’ Perez told Fox Sports Mexico.

‘We should be leading both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles . It has been a difficult start but the team has worked hard to be on par with Ferrari, we have cut several points from Ferrari.’

Perez was hired by Red Bull as a replacement for Thai-British driver Alexander Albon, who was dropped at the end of the 2020 campaign after being comprehensively outperformed by Verstappen. Though Perez could not match the Dutchman’s pace last season, he significantly assisted his championship victory, but is reluctant to be viewed as a second driver.

‘I could not be in F1 just to be there, knowing that I am the second driver,’ the 32-year-old explained. ‘It would be a lack of respect towards my career. I’m in F1 because I know I can win and be champion. I don’t want to [only] win races, my focus is to win the championship.’

Sergio Perez celebrated finishing second at Imola with Red Bull. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Despite Verstappen’s status as the current world champion, Perez insists that the pair get along and will be allowed to race one another by the team.

‘There is a good atmosphere among the drivers. I want to beat Max and I want to be in front of him. He is unique and it is something that has happened in a good and natural way, we have the best team and this has helped us move forward.

‘If they asked me to let Max win a race when I could win the championship, we would have problems, but now I don’t see [that being] the case. The team has been open in telling us that they want both drivers up front, nothing would be better than fighting for the championship with Max, because that would mean that Red Bull is the powerhouse.’

The fifth round of the 2022 F1 season takes place in Florida, with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix set for the weekend of 6-8 May.

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