Perez hoping to challenge Verstappen

28 January 2021 22:48:59 GMTPlus10

Sergio Perez has set his sights on mounting a serious challenge to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen as he gears up for the 2021 campaign.

The Mexican exceeded all expectations last season as he finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship with Racing Point, earning his first race victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

He was 89 points adrift of Red Bull's Verstappen in third and 20 points clear of Alexander Albon, who he has replaced with the Milton Keynes-based outfit for the upcoming campaign.

Red Bull claimed second spot in the Constructors' Championship in 2020, 254 points shy of winners Mercedes, thanks largely to Verstappen's exploits.

They have their sights set on being more competitive in 2021 and will require Perez to step up in his 11th season on the grid.

Perez is confident that he can build on his success with Racing Point after earning the biggest move of his career and has set himself the target of challenging his Dutch teammate.

Perez told the Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport: "I'm a different driver now.

"The goal is to be able to catch Max. I want to be ahead of him.

"We are going to compete as Red Bull drivers more often, as happened in the past with Daniel Ricciardo."

Perez can be backed at 51.00 to win the 2021 Drivers' Championship, with Verstappen priced at 3.75, while Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton is available at 1.25 to defend his crown.

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