Here’s Why Sergio Perez Is Suddenly A Title Contender – WTF1

Here’s Why Sergio Perez Is Suddenly A Title Contender

Sergio Perez has flown under the radar for the majority of his 12 years in F1. However, after his victory in Monaco, why is Checo suddenly being considered as a title contender? 

Well, it’s simple really. Without playing the Robin to Verstappen’s Batman or having a LOT of bad luck, Sergio Perez would be at the very close to this season’s top performers.


Having held a confident third place for the majority of the season opener, Checo suffered engine failure on the final lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, costing him a podium and 15 points.

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Perez stole the show in Jeddah, beating Charles Leclerc to his first pole position in F1 by two hundredths of a second. However, after being shafted by the safety car, Perez’s race strategy soon turned into a losing one, and he was forced to watch on from fourth as Verstappen went on the claim his first race victory of the season.


Whilst we don’t know what the Spanish is for “this is bull****”, Perez certainly would have been screaming it during the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mexican was the fastest man on track for the majority of the race but had his race win stripped away by the Red Bull pit wall. The team’s sure Verstappen would’ve passed Perez anyway – but we’ll never know because he was ordered aside too soon.

Without team orders from this race alone, Checo would now only be ONE point behind his team-mate in the drivers’ standings.


On a track famous for its chances to overtake (lol), Checo drove brilliantly and took advantage of Ferrari errors to claim his second ever win in a Red Bull.

With a change of luck, Sergio Perez could establish himself as a premier contender for this year’s drivers’ world title, but the question is: Will Red Bull let him? 

4 thoughts on “Here’s Why Sergio Perez Is Suddenly A Title Contender

  • ฬ๏ยtєг 🇺🇦 says:

    “The Mexican was the fastest man on track for the majority of the race
    but had his race win stripped away by the Red Bull pit wall.”

    Well that’s a bit suggestive as well as being factually untrue. In the first stint both Charles and Max were faster. After the first round of stops, Checo wast fastest on fresh tires for 4 laps (19-22) as Max had pitted 4 laps before him (and was stuck behind George with a failing DRS) and Charles was yet to stop. After Charles’ pistop he was again the fastest on track until his turbo gave out. After that Checo was fastest again during Max’ in- and outlap for his 2nd stop (28-29), RB having switched Max to a 3 stop to get him away from George. After Checo made his 2nd stop 9 laps later, he was marginally faster than Max again for 3 laps (39-41) and another 2 laps as Max had his in-and outlap for his 3rd stop (44-45).

    At that point Max was about 1,5 seconds a lap faster than Checo and as RB were unsure if George was going to the end, they told Checo to not fight Max. He would risk taking life out his tires in defending against a much faster teammate and potentially making himself vulnerable against George towards the end of the race. After the switch, when George made a 3rd stop to softs, RB had to react and bring Checo in for a set of softs as well. After that Checo was again fastest on track for the remainder of the race (55-66)

    All in all Checo wast the fastest car on track for 22/66 laps and Max was faster than Checo for 32/66 laps. Had Max’ DRS worked properly (or if RB hadn’t messed up, bringing him in at the same time as George on lap 14 rather than going for the overcut) he would not have been stuck behind George for so long and the gap between Max and Checo would have been bigger.

  • Vandals Garage says:

    The most cursory examination of the Barcelona lap times would show exactly what many of us have been saying: Max won because he was faster. If Red Bull had put Checo on the three-stop pit strategy, he might have had a chance, but he was on a 2-stop.

    Red Bull didn’t put Max on the 3-stop because they thought it was the best strategy, it was a gamble they took because his DRS wasn’t working and he was getting frustrated. Also, having one car on a 2-stop and the other on a 3-stop covered the bases for the team. Ultimately, it became clear that the 3-stop was the fastest for the track conditions and tire selection.

    We love Checo, but he is the #2 driver at RB for a reason. If he starts to routinely out-qualify Max, then he would be given preference by the team.

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