“Sergio Isn’t the Right Man”: F1 Journalist Asks for Perez’s Sacking After ‘Underwhelming’ Australia Performance

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Max Verstappen’s lap-three DNF at the Australian GP as we speak uncovered Sergio Perez’s obvious lack of ability to carry out in the Red Bull. Despite being in arguably the finest automobile on the grid, the #11 driver was not capable of catch the McLarens and Ferraris throughout the Grand Prix at Albert Park. As Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc made it a Ferrari 1-2, ending Verstappen’s dominant streak, F1 journalist, Henry Benjamin has requested the Bulls to rethink their stance on retaining Perez.

Benjamin spoke on BBC’s F1: Chequered Flag podcast, “It’s actually highlighted an issue that when the different groups like Ferrari and McLaren begin coming nearer and nearer to Red Bull, and they’re going to – then they want two drivers who’ve an affordable degree of efficiency to have the ability to ship these factors, week in week out.”

The Australian GP consequence confirmed simply how good Max Verstappen will be and the way he has seemingly lined up for Perez‘s lack of tempo in the final two seasons. With the Mexican driver struggling as we speak, Ferrari had been capable of shut up on the Bulls in the Constructors’ championship. As issues stand, they’re solely 4 factors off of the Milton-Keynes-based workforce.

After the opening two rounds of the season, it appeared as if Perez was doing sufficient to maintain his seat at the workforce past this 12 months. But his lack of ability to step up and fill in for Verstappen could lead the workforce to start out wanting elsewhere come 2025.

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During the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian GPs, Perez’s outcomes seemingly instilled confidence in the #11 driver. He was capable of cowl the menace from the rivals round him and whereas Verstappen went on to win each races, he slotted in proper behind his teammate, in P2.

However, throughout the Australian GP, Verstappen’s race ended solely three laps into the Grand Prix owing to a mechanical failure that resulted in his proper rear brakes exploding as he limped into the pit lane. That’s when Perez was anticipated to indicate up and put the tempo to the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. In the finish, the 34-year-old may solely handle P5.

Post-race, Perez defined the causes for his troubles. He mentioned (as quoted by Grandprix.com), “It wasn’t a pleasant steadiness on the market, it was a little bit of surviving mode with the degradation we had, and we didn’t match as much as Ferrari or McLaren. The grid penalty additionally harmed us as a result of with out that we may have ended up lots additional up. I feel as we speak was track-dependent, so hopefully once we go to Japan we’re again on high.”

With Perez struggling, many names have come up as doable replacements for him subsequent season. Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda are in the working for that 2nd Red Bull seat. Although, after his sensational comeback victory in Melbourne, Christian Horner has additionally confirmed Carlos Sainz as a possible candidate to change into Max Verstappen’s teammate.

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