F1: Hamilton v Verstappen in numbers
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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez is expected Mercedes to have a ‘very strong’ showing in the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The 2021 Formula One season stops at Silverstone this weekend as Red Bull look to extend their lead on Mercedes further.
Perez endured a race to forget last time out in the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing sixth in the field.
However, Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen crossed the finish line first again to strengthen his grip on the 2021 F1 World Drivers’ Championship.
Verstappen now leads reigning champion Lewis Hamilton by 32 points whilst Red Bull are 44 points ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.
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Ahead of the British Grand Prix on Sunday, Perez has stated that Red Bull are aiming to upset Hamilton in his home
Perez had a difficult outing at the Austrian GP but has played a key role to help Red Bull build a 44-point advantage over Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.
“I saw Mercedes talk about upgrades so I’m sure they will be very strong this weekend,” Perez said in a press release.
“We will of course try our hardest as well and hopefully we will be able to come back up on top. Let’s see what happens!”
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Perez is targeting a return to the podium in Sunday’s race, but he’s also looking forward to Saturday’s showdown.
The sprint race offers points for the top three finishers and represents another chance for Red Bull to bolster their title hopes.
He said: “I’m feeling positive and pumped up for this weekend.
“Hopefully, we can get onto the podium again. It will be interesting to see the new race format for F1 too.
“As a team we have put in a lot of effort to understand the new race format, a lot of preparation and practice has gone into this weekend.
“It will be very different for everyone, it’s definitely exciting and I hope that the hard work pays off.”
Red Bull haven’t had a world champion driver since Sebastian Vettel won four Drivers’ Championships on the bounce from 2010 to 2013.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated since then, but there is a growing feeling that this year is Red Bull’s year.
Another win for the team in Hamilton’s home race this weekend would be another major statement.
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