Sergio Perez ‘a thorn in the side’ for Max Verstappen as gap to champion ‘getting closer’

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SERGIO PEREZ has been backed to trigger team-mate Max Verstappen additional issues.

Max Verstappen speaks forward of Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez is changing into a “thorn within the aspect” for his Pink Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, in line with former British driver Johnny Herbert. Perez received the Monaco Grand Prix final Sunday to shut the hole on each Verstappen and Charles Leclerc on the prime of the driving force standings.

The Mexican will probably be stuffed with confidence heading into the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend having received in Baku final 12 months. Perez is in his second season with Pink Bull and Herbert believes he’s now beginning to shut the hole on reigning champion Verstappen.

The pundit says the 32-year-old is maturing and exhibiting an ideal instance to youthful drivers beginning out within the sport. Herbert advised Sky Sports activities Information: “Nicely I believe it is getting nearer [between Perez and Verstappen] and I say it is getting nearer as a result of he is settling into the staff brilliantly.

“He did a beautiful job as we noticed in Monaco. He appears to be maturing brilliantly for Sergio himself, however extra importantly for the staff as properly, with the Constructors’ Championship being such an necessary a part of Formulation One.

Sergio Perez 'a thorn in the side' for Max Verstappen as gap to champion 'getting closer'

Sergio Perez is a thorn within the aspect for Max Verstappen, says Johnny Herbert (Picture: GETTY)

“However I believe the way in which that he is gone about his racing has been one thing that I believe quite a lot of kids ought to have a look at once they’re attempting to get themselves from karting to Formulation One. He actually conducts himself in a superb approach and he is getting stronger.”

Herbert expects Perez to have one other good week in Azerbaijan and proceed to be a little bit of an issue for Verstappen. He continued: “We’ll Azerbaijan the place he received the race final 12 months, he is been on the rostrum 3 times after we’ve been racing there, I believe solely Sebastian Vettel has achieved the identical factor.

Sergio Perez 'a thorn in the side' for Max Verstappen as gap to champion 'getting closer'

Sergio Perez is closing the hole on Max Verstappen, says Johnny Herbert (Picture: EXPRESS)

“So once more it seems as if he’ll a circuit that he’s comfy with and that’s solely going to allow him to indicate the velocity that he is really obtained. So he is beginning to turn into slightly little bit of a thorn within the aspect perhaps for Max Verstappen and that will probably be actually fascinating to see how that dynamic works on the identical time.

“So we have got some sensible stuff coming our approach as a result of these two Pink Bull drivers can actually get it collectively after we get to Azerbaijan and who is aware of who’s going to come back out on prime.”

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