Red Bull give Sergio Perez ‘lab rat treatment’ by trialling changes only on his car whilst playing to Max Verstappen’s strengths

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has confirmed that the team will set up his car differently compared to that of Max Verstappen in the upcoming few races.

Verstappen will continue to use the existing floor that has proved to be successful for him, while Perez will have to come to terms with using an outdated floor.

“We just have different floors for now,” said Perez.

“It’s going to be, we’re going to have this floor for the next few events, and we will try to get a better read.”

The last time such a floor was used by Red Bull was at the British Grand Prix in July and it will be a significant downgrade on the current specifications offered by the team.

Perez admitted that he can’t really complain given how proficient Verstappen has been, especially in Belgium, where the Dutchman won yet again.

“He was super fast last weekend, really strong,” Perez said.

“I’ve been on the sim this week trying to understand everything and hopefully I am able to get another gear on my side.”

“I finished, what, 17 seconds behind and Max started P something?

“I think if you have a bad weekend and your team mate has a good weekend normally that sort of gap, we’ve seen it with other team mates.”

Perez believes he is still competitive

Sergio Perez. Credit: autoweek.com
Sergio Perez. Credit: autoweek.com

Perez confessed that he has found his car difficult to control this year, especially as more and more upgrades have been offered.

“I think in the beginning I was more comfortable,” he said.

“I would feel like every time I came to a weekend in FP1, I was already easily happy with the balance and things were coming natural.

“As the season progressed I felt like it has become harder and harder, every weekend I have to really to dig deep into the analysis and I’m not as comfortable I was with the car before.”

Perez believes that all the changes brought to the car have been made solely keeping Verstappen’s comfort in mind.

“The car has developed and has gone into a certain direction,” he said.

“But right now my main focus is to make sure I am able to get on top of the car.”

Verstappen happy with Red Bull upgrades

Max Verstappen. Credit: planetf1.com

As for Verstappen, he believes Red Bull has made significant strides as the season has gone along.

“I think we just always kept on trying to work and improve the balance and the feeling of what I feel in the car,” Verstappen said.

“I think overall it’s quite an efficient car. All season long we’ve been quite quick on the straight. So some tracks of course it works better than others.

“But I said before, I think Spa is maybe one of the best tracks for that car. And with all the updates over the year so far, I think we’ve got it in a better window.

“It felt really enjoyable to drive in and in Spa specifically. We’ll see again of course now in the upcoming races how it’s going to go.”

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