Verstappen wants Perez help in title fight

23 April 2021 01:43:38 GMTPlus10

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is hopeful his team-mate Sergio Perez can join him in challenging Mercedes for race wins in Formula 1 this season.

Verstappen has enjoyed a good start to the 2021 campaign. After being edged out by Mercedes' reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in the season-opener in  Bahrain, he won last weekend's second race at Imola, with Hamilton having to settle for second.

If you can put pressure on one car with two cars, it's always going to be more complicated for that one car.

Max Verstappen

Red Bull appear well equipped to sustain their title fight this year after struggling to keep up with Mercedes in recent times and Verstappen is hopeful Perez could yet emerge as a serious challenger despite a somewhat disappointing start for the Mexican following his off-season switch from Racing Point.

Whereas the Dutchman has finished first and second so far, his teammate has only recorded fifth and 11th-place finishes but Verstappen is keeping the faith they can both take the fight to Hamilton and his Mercedes colleague Valtteri Bottas.

"I hope we can fight together against Mercedes," he told Sky Sports F1. "Because that's only going to make it harder for Mercedes. If you can put pressure on one car with two cars, it's always going to be more complicated for that one car."

Verstappen knows they must maintain their flying start if they are to have serious ambitions of ending Hamilton's domination of the sport and speed is, of course, key.

He added: "In the end, we just have to make sure we have the fastest car always and everywhere. That way we don't have to worry about potential undercuts, we can just drive away from Mercedes."

The next race on the F1 calendar is in Portugal on 2nd May and Verstappen is 3.25 to win the race. Hamilton is 1.83, Perez is 19.00.

Verstappen is 2.62 to win the F1 Drivers' Championship.

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