Perez lays out Red Bull ambition

24 January 2021 01:14:02 GMTPlus10

Sergio Perez says he plans to "overdeliver" during his first campaign with Red Bull.

The Mexican secured a career-best fourth place finish in the Drivers' Championship last term as he exceeded all expectations with Racing Point.

The highlight of a fine campaign came in the penultimate race when he claimed a maiden race victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Perez is likely to be even more competitive in 2021 after agreeing to join Red Bull to replace Alexander Albon.

Max Verstappen proved last season that Red Bull are capable of mixing it with Mercedes, winning two races and earning a further nine podium finishes.

Perez, who is preparing to embark on his 11th season in Formula 1, insists he won't let the opportunity to challenge pass him by.

He said: "I have to go onto the next step in all aspects and I think I'm ready for it.

"I'm going to make sure I overdeliver. If we have a car that can win the championship, I'll make sure we win it. And if not, and we only have a car that's good enough for third, I will make sure that we finish second."

Perez is 34.00 to win the 2021 Drivers' Championship, with Lewis Hamilton 1.72 to defend his crown, while Verstappen is 2.10.

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