Perez dismisses favouritism concerns over new teammate Stroll

Published on 07 Jan 2019 11:33

Sergio Perez has dismissed concerns that his new 2019 teammate Lance Stroll will be more favoured upon thanks the new ownership role his father Lawrence Stroll now holds at the Racing Point team. Perez has been with the ex-Force India outfit since 2014, scoring a total of five podiums for the team, the most recent coming at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

Perez will be joined by Lance Stroll for the 2019 season after he spent a two-year spell with Williams. Last summer, Lance’s father, Canadian billionaire and investor Lawrence Stroll led a consortium of investors that acquired the Force India team and its assets after the team suddenly entered administration prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix. Despite the ownership role being held by his new teammate’s father, Perez is not concerned. 

“The investment that they’ve done, it’s successful, so for that we need both cars as strong as possible.” Perez believed. “We both have to work very hard and we both have to work together to bring the team as forward as possible. It’s in the best interests of everyone.”

Perez, who was one of the creditors of the previous Force India team, also spoke highly of his new teammate Stroll. Despite two seasons at Williams that seen a podium in Baku and a front row start at Monza in a dreadful qualifying session, Stroll’s place in F1 is constantly questioned, but Perez spoke differently on the young Canadian. 

“I don’t know him much as a driver. In Formula 1, it’s so difficult to prepare, to know a driver from another team. 95 percent of your results is done by the car. He’s certainly had a poor season in 2018 down to the car. I think his Williams had a lot of trouble.” 

“But the kid definitely has the talent. He’s been on the podium and when it’s wet he’s always up there, and I think he’s coming to a great team with one of the best engineers in the world.”

Replies (9)
US mcbhargav 07 Jan 2019 16:27+1
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I expect first cracks to be visible by Baku, and intensify by Canada, with an internal fallout in Italy. Perez should look for alternatives for 2020, if not already on it. If Nico can't hold upto RIC, that Renault seat would be scintillating.
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Left field prediction for 2020: Ocon replaces Bottas, Bottas replaces Kubica, Kubica replaces Perez, Perez replaces Grosjean. Grosjean out, takes up a sim role at Ferrari.
SE calle.itw 07 Jan 2019 17:420
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@Kean I could very well see that appen, although Im not sure on the Kubica replacing Perez bit. Though it wont surprise me if Perez do end up at Haas.
US mcbhargav 07 Jan 2019 21:080
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I would like to believe that, Sauber would be a faster player in the field than Haas by 2020, and Perez might want to grab the seat from Giovinazzi, unless he proves his worth in 2019. But, Haas is not a bad idea either, if they could cling onto the 5th best car status.
US ajpennypacker 07 Jan 2019 23:410
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I don't see Stroll challenging Sergio in any serious way. They would have to be pretty close to each other in order to truly favor one over the other without compromising performance. But hey, I think we would all be happy with another exciting Force India intra-team battle.
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@Calle, my "reasoning" behind Kubica to Racing Point is, and I actually hope I'm wrong here, that I believe he will get beaten by Russell while Perez proves too much for Stroll. Kubica was rumored to Racing Point for a while as it seems he's liked by the Strolls. I think that if Perez leaves he'll be replaced by a rookie or someone who was recently bested by his teammate. Now as pointed out, Perez might also go to Sauber, but I believe whatever vacancy that comes up at Sauber will be filled by young Schumacher.
SE calle.itw 08 Jan 2019 12:15+1
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@Kean I font see why you put "reasoning" in quotation, I find your reasoning rational and plausible.
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@Calle, thanks.
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so early with the changes mate - wow !!

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