Former F1 champion feels Max Verstappen has Sergio Perez ‘to thank for’ Baku win

Mika Hakkinen believes Sergio Perez is the explanation behind Max Verstappen’s success in Baku. The previous world champion believes the Mexican driver has delivered as a workforce participant to assist Verstappen this season.

Writing in his biog on Unibet, the previous McLaren F1 driver mentioned:

“Checo [Sergio Perez] is doing a very unbelievable job of supporting Max [Verstappen] at Purple Bull. After his win in Monaco, he got here to Baku and was quickest in two of the observe classes, and forward of Max in all of them. To then qualify second behind Charles [Leclerc] and take the lead initially reveals simply how a lot confidence Checo has in himself and the automotive.”

Praising Perez for enjoying a supporting position and co-operating with the workforce,Hakkinen felt the Mexican beating Charles Leclerc off the beginning line was a robust purpose behind Max Verstappen successful the Azerbaijan GP. The Finn feels Perez was stronger in observe classes and qualifying classes, which displays the boldness he has within the automotive compared to the Dutchman.

Summarising his views on each Ferrari and Purple Bull in Baku, Hakkinen wrote:

“Max has Checo to thank for the win, for my part, not solely in accepting the workforce’s technique but additionally in having a five-second pit-stop at a key second within the race. Purple Bull actually does take pleasure in two sturdy winners of their workforce, whereas Ferrari are struggling with Carlos Sainz having loads of poor luck in addition to being unable to match the tempo of Charles.”

Max Verstappen needs extra efficiency from Purple Bull on Saturdays

Max Verstappen believes that he wants a build-up of performances over the weekend to carry out flawlessly. Evaluating Purple Bull’s efficiency, the reigning world champion feels he’s extra assured together with his automotive within the race than on Friday or Saturday throughout qualifying.

Talking on the drivers’ press convention after the Azerbaijan GP, Verstappen summarised his views on the automotive’s efficiency, saying:

“I believe each single weekend is a bit totally different. However yeah, we all know, I believe, with the automotive efficiency on Saturday we aren’t as fast as Ferrari for no matter purpose. Perhaps it helps us on a race day, who is aware of? However I additionally desire a bit extra efficiency, only for myself on a Saturday, simply with the sensation of the automotive as properly. However on a Sunday, generally, it at all times feels a bit higher. However yeah, there may be nonetheless, in fact, sufficient work to do to try to enhance the automotive. However I suppose everybody has the identical factor. However once more, it was an excellent day for us at the moment. It’s nonetheless a really younger and new automotive so we’ll at all times look to enhance. And in the meanwhile, it seems to be like Saturdays is the most important room for enchancment.”

The reigning champion at present tops the drivers’ championship, with a 21-point lead over Perez and a 34-point lead over Leclerc.

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