Perez confirmed ‘the way it needs to be performed’ to win F1 titles
However when Hamilton didn’t capitalise on Verstappen’s retirement after making an uncharacteristic error, it was the Dutchman’s Purple Bull teammate Perez who picked up the items to attain his first win for the crew.
Baku marked the primary event this season that Perez had been capable of battle on the very entrance of the grid, having run in a stable second place after leapfrogging Hamilton within the pits.
With each Mercedes drivers ending out of the factors, the end result ensured Verstappen maintained his four-point benefit on the high of the drivers’ championship, whereas Purple Bull prolonged its lead over Mercedes to 26 factors.
And Verstappen feels that Purple Bull shall be well-placed to battle for each world championships if Perez can usually discover himself within the battle for the rostrum positions and assist put Mercedes underneath stress.
“It’s nice to have two automobiles up on the entrance combating for the championship and likewise scoring the factors,” Verstappen mentioned. “Baku was an awesome instance of that and the way it needs to be performed.
“It’s nice that Checo was capable of make the hole to Mercedes larger within the constructor’s championship and that he’s now third within the driver’s championship.”
Verstappen lamented what he felt was a missed alternative to open the hole to Hamilton within the championship, with the Purple Bull driver cautious that upcoming tracks in France and Austria will doubtless play to the strengths of Mercedes’ automotive after its road circuit struggles in Monaco and Baku.
“I’m feeling good however I am positive that Mercedes shall be very sturdy on the ‘regular’ tracks once more, so we’ve got to maintain pushing and hold bettering proper to the very finish as a result of it’s by no means sufficient,” he added.
“To date the season has been fairly good to us however we have to keep in mind that there are nonetheless plenty of races forward of us.
“I’m proud of the race outcomes that we’ve got had up to now and that we’re main the championship, however we additionally need to be there main it in Abu Dhabi, that’s all that issues.”