Can Sergio Perez win the F1 championship this year ?

- Can Sergio Perez win the F1 championship this year ?
Last Updated on May 5, 2023

With Red Bull’s strong start to the 2023 Formula 1 season, many wonder whether Sergio Perez can finally claim his first world championship title.

After victories in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, Perez is just six points behind reigning double champion and teammate Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings.

As the season progresses, the battle between the two Red Bull drivers is expected to heat up.

Perez’s confidence and relationship with Verstappen

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 30: Race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 30, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202305010281 // Usage for editorial use only //

Perez believes he can fight Verstappen for the world championship this year, stating that he is “certain” of it.

He feels comfortable with the car, which he believes can stay competitive throughout the season. The Mexican driver also spoke about his relationship with Verstappen, saying that they have a lot more respect for each other than people might think.

Despite their rivalry on the track, they maintain a great atmosphere within the team and a high level of respect for each other’s engineers.

“No, I’m not really into it [About psychological warfare against Verstappen] I’m more focused on making sure I’ve learnt from what I’ve done wrong in Baku, what I am able to improve, and work on it with my engineers. The best way that I can win the championship is just by having that evolution for the season.

As long as that respect is there, I don’t see any reason why it would be any different between us.

Because we’ve both won and we are very hungry – but at the end of the day, we have a lot of respect for our team.”

Sergio Perez

Former F1 driver’s advice: drop the “Mr. Nice Guy” act

As Perez aims to secure the championship, former F1 driver Anthony Davidson suggests that he needs to stop being “Mr. Nice Guy” and get under Verstappen’s skin, similar to how Nico Rosberg annoyed and challenged Lewis Hamilton during their 2016 title battle.

Davidson believes that Perez must make personal sacrifices and adopt a more aggressive approach to increase his chances of winning the championship.

Bottas’s empathy and insight on battling for the title


Valtteri Bottas, who faced a similar situation during his time at Mercedes, feels empathy for Perez as he competes against Verstappen.

Bottas admitted that it took him five years to accept that Lewis Hamilton was faster, and he understands the challenges Perez faces in trying to beat his teammate.

The Finn believes that Perez has had a decent season so far, but beating Verstappen will not be easy.

“I can kind of relate to him that he’s trying to find something new every year in trying to beat his teammate,I think he’s had a pretty decent season so far, and time will show for sure, but it’s not going to be easy [for him to beat Verstappen]. [It was] very difficult [to accept that Lewis was faster] and it was 2021 when I could admit that Lewis was faster.”

Valtteri Bottas

No mind games for Perez

Perez has stated that he is not interested in playing psychological warfare with Verstappen, focusing instead on personal improvement and working with his engineers. He appreciates Red Bull for not implementing team orders and allowing both drivers to race flat out. Perez is confident that as long as there is respect between him and Verstappen, they can maintain a healthy rivalry while competing for the championship.

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