Red Bull driver Sergio Perez reveals secret to success on street tracks

Sergio Perez arrives at the 2023 Azerbaijan GP 15 points behind Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen

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Sergio Perez approaches the 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix aiming to keep his impressive streak of success on street circuits, having taken all four of his F1 victories for Red Bull on temporary tracks.

That includes a win at Baku in 2021 that ultimately proved crucial in Max Verstappen‘s world championship win, and he’s already tasted victory once in the 2023 season at the Saudi Arabian GP.

And speaking in Azerbaijan, Perez revealed his biggest advice for street track success.

“On the street circuits it’s firstly important to finish,” Perez told the press. “And normally if you’re able to finish then there’s always a good result ahead of you.

“So Baku‘s always very easy to make mistakes and finish your weekends so that’s priority number one, to finish the races and build that confidence in FP1.

“What you’ve done in the past doesn’t really matter, every weekend is a new challenge and we come here to Baku, and the challenge is even greater with just FP1 before straight into qualifying.”

Perez: Baku’s always been good to me

Sergio Perez, Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly celebrate on the podium at the 2021 Azerbaijan GP | Maxim Shemetov/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Perez‘s only win of the 2021 season came in Baku but that’s not the only success he’s had there, he also finished third in 2018 and picked up his joint-best result of the 2019 season (sixth) in the city.

He arrives 15 points behind teammate Max Verstappen in the championship, but with a maximum 34 points on off across the sprint race and grand prix, there’s more than enough opportunity to eat into that defecit.

“I certainly enjoy this place,” Perez added. “I’ve had some good races, good cars as well that has helped me in the past.

“With Force India, we even made it to the podium and also in qualifying we were strong. It’s a circuit that really suits my driving style and that’s helped me to shine a bit more in this place.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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