WHY PEREZ IS THE RIGHT DRIVER FOR RED BULL
It's about time RB breaks their tradition by hiring someone from outside their RB academy.
The glorious winning days for Red Bull.
Ever since the changes from the 2014 season, Red Bull have struggled to compete for the title championship. From winning four consecutive world titles with Vettel to struggling to compete with Ferrari, Red Bull has certainly dipped in terms of their performance. But the last season has been somewhat of an improvement for Red Bull. With Ferrari even struggling to compete with mid-table teams like Renault and Mclaren, Red Bull easily had the 2nd best car on the track, only behind the dominant Mercedes. So why was Red Bull not able to challenge Mercedes for the constructor's title? Well, the answer might be the 2nd driver. Look, there is no doubt that Max is a championship-winning driver and is very well the present and future of Red Bull, but Max alone can't hand Red Bull the title. They need a driver who is consistent and can challenge Max to his last breath. Red Bull Academy is probably one of the best racing academies in F1 as they have been blessed with talents like Vettel, Gasly, Ricciardo, Sainz, Max, just to name a few. But you have to consider the fact that not every talented driver out of their academy will be a Vettel Esq driver who will outperform the 1st team driver in their rookie season. Gasly and Albon are very talented drivers and have the pace to compete against the best, but they have failed to live up to the expectations for a Red Bull driver. And while it is very harsh to only give a driver one season to prove himself, Red Bull does have a reputation of being ruthless with drivers who don't perform at the level of their teammates. Red Bull isn't patient enough like Mercedes where they can afford to have their 2nd driver not be on par with their 1st driver on some occasions. They want someone who can finish consistently in top 4 . If you look in terms of performance, Bottas has been pretty mediocre too, considering he drives the most dominant car on the grid, and I won't be shocked if 2021 might be his very last season with Mercedes.
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On many occasions, Alex has failed to perform, where it mattered the most for the team. Finishing 7th in the driver's championship with the 2nd most dominant car is a shameful result and shows that it has been Max carrying Red Bull one-legged. You could say that it's quiet unfair to only give Albon a season and a half to settel in, but you have to consider that his job description was to finish close to Max and he has failed to do that. And when there are better options out there, that too one like Perez, who is completely different than Albon, experienced and reliable, you can't really blame them for going with Perez. Afterall, it cost Red Bull quite a lot of sponsership money when their second driver fail to achieve the his job description. They have tried placing two of the very talented RB academy drivers into that 2nd driver position, and it has failed for them ever since. That's why it makes sense for them thinking outside the box and going with a much more experienced driver, Sergio Perez. Maybe the approach of pairing Max with an experienced driver who is capable of getting podiums, when given the right car and chance is the right step in direction for Red Bull.
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But, if you think Christian Horner is one heartless man for not giving Albon and Gasly ample time to shine, you clearly don't know how F1 works. Christian has sponsors and higher officials to impress too. The company depends on Christian Horner hiring drivers capable of achieving the goal of dethroning Mercedes's dominance. Red Bull has went from winning four straight championships to struggling to finish second. Ofcourse a lot is being expected from their drivers. Like drivers, Team Prinicipal's have targets to reach too, and while Ferrari being weaker this season might have benefited RB, the situation won't be the same for long.
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Besides, it's not like Sergio Perez doesn't deserve a Red Bull seat at all. The man has had the season of his life in 2020 and finished just behind Max at 4th position, which is pretty impressive. Let's not forget that he had also missed two Grand Prix due to testing positive for Covid-19.
But does that mean Perez will give Max a run for his money? Not really tbh. Don't get me wrong, Perez is a brilliant experienced driver. But he doesn't outstandingly outpace the current young drivers. If you compare raw pace, Albon just might edge Perez out on his best day, but it's Perez's consistency and experience which makes him a better fit for the infamous Red Bull 2nd seat. In my opinion, Perez just might become the 'Bottas' of Red Bull. Consistently getting beaten by his teammate, but once in a while, getting the better of him. I'll be damned if Perez outperforms Max next season. In fact, i'm willing to even make a bet, i'll go bald if Perez outperform Max. There, I said it. Only time will tell if I made the right bet..