Red Bull driver Sergio Perez says he feels “very comfortable” with his new car after the team’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko claimed it will suit both its drivers more equally.Max Verstappen’s preferred handling of a stronger front end, but that the RB19 would more naturally suit both Perez and Verstappen’s styles.
After sampling the new car in last week’s pre-season test, Perez says that he feels the RB19 will suit him and his preferred balance tendencies.
“I think we have a better understanding of the car,” Perez said. “We have a better package.
“I did feel very comfortable with it through testing. So we will see. I think we have a really good base for all of us.”
After a frustrating start to last season with a double retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Red Bull went on to dominate the championship, winning 17 of the 22 races. Perez believes the RB19 is even superior to its all-conquering predecessor.
“I think just in general we have improved quite a bit, the car,” he said. “I just think the main thing is the balance of it. We made it a little bit more together from all speed ranges, which is very positive.”
Despite his team’s strong showing in testing and their rivals all pointing to them as the team to beat this weekend, Perez says it is not assured that Red Bull are in for an easy victory on Sunday.
“I think it’s a matter of just being patient,” he said. “I think no one really knows what everyone is at.
“Bahrain is very unique track there. The track changes quite a lot through the day, so there’s lot of uncertainties at the moment, but we are about to find out. I think we will find out on Saturday once we see all the cars running on the same track.”
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