Sergio Perez believes he’ll want 5 races to get absolutely on top of things with Purple Bull in Formulation 1 this yr, saying he should “be affected person”.
Perez made his first public look with Purple Bull throughout F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain final week following his winter swap from Racing Level.
The Mexican driver loved one-and-a-half days behind the wheel of the Purple Bull RB16B, giving him a extra restricted window than regular by which to stand up to hurry with a brand new staff and a brand new automotive.
Workforce-mate Max Verstappen completed testing with the quickest time, whereas Perez completed eighth general.
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Perez highlighted the quick pre-season when it got here to the educational curve with the brand new Purple Bull automotive, which has historically been fairly tough for incoming drivers to tame instantly.
“We had not lot of time, it has been positively the shortest pre-season I’ve accomplished in my profession,” Perez stated.
“I nonetheless have a number of issues to be taught within the automotive, to get the utmost out of it. However I imply, one of the best I can do is simply to be affected person, and take the primary races as they arrive.
“I’ll get extra up to the mark within the staff. For now, I simply should be affected person, and along with my engineers, we simply should hold working very laborious.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B and Sergio Perez, Purple Bull Racing RB16B on the grid
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Requested how lengthy he thought it might take for him to get utterly comfy within the new automotive, Perez estimated round 5 races. Monaco at the moment stands because the fifth spherical of the season this yr.
“It is laborious to assume – after 5 races, as soon as we undergo very totally different races, totally different situations, you perceive the automotive, the staff, rather a lot higher,” Perez stated.
“5 races, correct races, must be good.”
Purple Bull struggled in early 2020 with the preliminary model of the RB16 because it proved skittish on-track, however the points seem to have be remedied with the up to date B-spec mannequin for 2021.
Verstappen was notably complimentary concerning the new automotive, saying it was “predictable”, whereas Perez was additionally happy with the potential he noticed in it.
“I’ve pushed in very tough situations with the wind round Bahrain,” Perez stated. “I am happy with the place the automotive is, I feel there’s positively good potential in it.
“There’s clearly good areas to deal with, to attempt to enhance them. However the general image, it is a constructive one.”