Sergio Perez has reflected on his mid-season struggles during the 2023 F1 season, conceding “it was just getting out of my hands”.
In the F1 2023 season, Sergio Perez initially had a strong start, winning two out of the first four races. However, his form declined after being beaten by his teammate Max Verstappen in Miami. He failed to make it to Q3 in five consecutive races and struggled to achieve podium finishes. Meanwhile, Verstappen went on a winning streak, securing the championship title before the summer break. Perez faced competition from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for the second place in the championship standings. Despite the lack of consistency among other teams, Perez did enough to secure the runner-up position, resulting in a historic 1-2 finish for Red Bull. Reflecting on the season, Perez acknowledged his struggles with the Red Bull car, which affected his confidence. Despite this, he managed to have a strong finish to the year and consistently compete at the top. One notable race was the Las Vegas Grand Prix, where Perez finished third after overcoming early damage. Although he had a chance to win, he couldn’t pull away from Charles Leclerc and ultimately finished behind his teammate and the Ferrari driver.