Formula 1: Sergio Perez issues world title claim after Max Verstappen dominance

Sergio Perez at the French Grand Prix

Sergio Perez says that he believes that he can win the world title next year despite seeing his 2022 hopes demolished in recent races.

The Mexican looked like a genuine title contender in the first third of the championship, with him winning in Monaco and seeming well at home in the Red Bull RB18.

However, as the season has gone on his team-mate Max Verstappen has grown stronger and stronger and no-one has been able to live with him, including Perez and the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

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Sergio Perez eyeing title run in 2023

Sergio Perez at the Saudi Arabian GP
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – MARCH 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Max is on the verge of making it title number two, then, and he can do so as early as this weekend in Singapore, though it’s more likely he’ll win it in Suzuka or Austin later on in October.

For Perez, attentions have already evidently turned to challenging next year, meanwhile, with him telling Fox Sports Mexico he is analysing this year in depth to ensure he’s stronger when the new season comes.

“It is important for me to finish the season strong and competitive and win races,” said Perez.

“Max will be the champion, so being second or third doesn’t matter to me but in 2023 I can aspire to win the title again.

This has still been an important year because the team has seen that I can be as competitive as Max. We are analysing it so that we are fighting for the title in 2023.

“This has still been an important year because the team has seen that I can be as competitive as Max. We are analysing it so that we are fighting for the title in 2023.”

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Where’s it gone wrong for Sergio Perez in 2022?

Sergio Perez
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 27, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

At one point this year, Perez looked like a real title contender alongside both Verstappen and Leclerc, but there’s now only one man looking set to win the crown and it’s the other driver in the Red Bull garage.

The development of the RB18 has clearly suited Max’s driving style more and Checo has found himself playing a bit-part in the championship, whilst also having some misfortune in terms of reliability.

He feels as though he’s the same driver as the one that started this campaign so well but it’s clear that he needs to reset and try and find an extra level for 2023 if he is to be champion.


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