Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 16, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: No way Red Bull is deliberately slowing Perez – Windsor

The fragile egos at Mercedes named Wolff and Hamilton cannot accept the fact Verstappen is superior and say Red Bull is slowing Perez.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton have made numerous statements of late trying to minimize Max Verstappen’s success. Their fragile ego’s cannot accept that perhaps Max Verstappen is a superior talent and on the road to destroying all of Lewis Hamilton’s F1 records.

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff
Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff have fragile egos and cannot accept the fact Max Verstappen and Red Bull are kicking their ass because they are more talented.

It is driving them nuts, and the insecurity in their own talents has forced them to try and pull down Verstappen with negative comments rather than working on pulling themselves up to Verstappen’s and Red Bull’s level.

In life, this is typical of what little people do.

Wolff has gone as far as insinuating that Red Bull is not giving Sergio Perez equal equipment, which has resulted in Verstappen dominating.

Peter Windsor, a former Ferrari and Williams team manager, is adamant no team would ever do that.

Peter Windsor
Peter Windsor

“In my experience in Formula 1,” he said in his latest YouTube stream, “there is no way a team would ever deliberately run a slower second car, they would always try to run the best two cars they possibly could because of the Constructors’ Championship, and because it’s so difficult in racing to master all the variables and to win a race.

“The last thing you want to do is compromise that with anything that is in your control, like the preparation of a car, or the parts that go into a car.

“And every race Red Bull, for sure, Christian Horner would be thinking, ‘If Max has a problem here we’ve got to make sure Perez wins this race.’ And he’s not going to do that if he’s giving Perez inferior equipment.

“So we’ve seen that does work well, and we’ve seen that Perez occasionally, when Max has a problem, can win a race. And sometimes he can beat Max on a good day.

“Anyone who thinks that Perez has been given deliberately inferior equipment, in my opinion, doesn’t know anything at all about Formula 1.”

Windsor instead believes it is their driving styles that set the teammates apart, with Verstappen, especially in the wet, having a “softness of touch” that Perez lacks.

“I don’t think they [their cars] are different,” he said, pointing out “how different Max drives to Perez at important places, entries to corners, turning points to corners etc.

“And that just the tip of the iceberg in the differences between the two because what I can never, and what nobody can really tell, is what Max is doing with his hands and his arms and his feet in the cockpit, and that’s the real difference is that softness of touch.

“That’s something that shows up in the wet. In terms of line in the wet, and that lovely rate of input that he has, that perfect rate of input, and that’s something Perez doesn’t have and that’s what it’s all about.”

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