Pérez looks back on form dip in 2023: ‘We started the year on the same level as Max’

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Pérez looks back on form dip in 2023: 'We started the year on the same level as Max'

Sergio Pérez admits he has had some bad weekends during the 2023 season. The Mexican says he has learned a lot from his dip in form last year, and he now knows exactly what he wants to achieve in 2024.

Pérez had a significant dip in form halfway through the 2023 season, as a result of which he seemed to have been broken by teammate Max Verstappen after the Miami Grand Prix. Especially the Monaco Grand Prix, where he crashed in Q1 during qualifying, and the race in Barcelona, ​​where he did not progress beyond Q2, are two low points for the Mexican. The driver recovered towards the end of the season and managed to secure second place in the championship. However, Pérez himself is not satisfied with his lack of consistency and hopes to improve that in 2024.

“I want to be able to achieve consistency, build momentum,” the Mexican told Auto Hebdo. “I think what we’ve missed this year is progress. We started the year very high, level with Max, but we couldn’t make progress throughout the season. Sometimes we have even gone backwards. So I think that will be my main priority: to be able to progress throughout the season, regardless of my starting point. It is important that we continue to evolve and improve weekend after weekend.”

Pérez admits bad weekends

Even though Pérez started performing well again towards the end of the season, the Mexican finished with only half the number of points that world champion Verstappen managed to score. “I’ve had a few bad weekends,” Pérez admitted. ‘We started the year very strong in the first five or six races, but after that we couldn’t get any further with the car. This is something that I missed this year and that I want to improve greatly next year.”

According to the man from Guadalajara, the bad weekends have given him many new insights and he has been able to learn a lot from them. “The problems we had this year gave me a better understanding of what I was doing with the settings, how I turned the car off and which way to go if I had problems. So this is something that will definitely make us stronger next year.”

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