Perez makes Red Bull vow in face of growing McLaren and Ferrari threat

Sergio Perez feels there is “no reason” why McLaren can't pose a threat to Red Bull at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, despite Red Bull's new updates.

Last time out in Miami, Lando Norris beat Max Verstappen to win the race after a safety car as McLaren unveiled a major upgrade package for its MCL38 car, with Imola expected to be a track that suits the machine better than Miami.

The Red Bull RB20 is also due to feature an upgrade package for this weekend's race, but while downplaying the potential impact of the new parts, Perez felt McLaren would be a close contender.

“We'll get the same promotions [on both cars]”, Perez confirmed to the media including Racing News 365.

“We're not expecting a big upgrade from our side so what's most important is to maximize the balance of the car in terms of low fuel and high fuel but I think the upgrades we've made are less important here.

“I don't see any reason for that [McLaren] I cannot [challenge].

“I think they will be very strong, Ferrari will be very strong and the pressure is on all those teams to do well weekend after weekend.

“If you are able to have success on the weekend that no other team can, it will be a huge swing.”

Conflicts in Miami

In Miami, Red Bull struggled on race day compared to the low-fuel conditions in qualifying and the sprint race, with the Mexican describing how the team did not have the “full picture” ahead of the Grand Prix.

“McLaren were the fastest team in Miami, and Ferrari were very strong as well, but I think we didn't get the most out of our group as well – we could have been stronger,” he said.

“I think it's the same for everyone, but we came away with the most points from the weekend, but we expect the group to be close, so it's great for the sport and for all the teams to be fighting at the front.

“Sprinting doesn't give you the full picture, it's a completely different race doing it with 30kg of fuel compared to doing it with over 100kg.

“We came into the race sliding a lot more than we wanted to and we knew what we were missing.

“I've been on the simulator already, and there will be big improvements.”


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