Perez: I feel I'm pretty much at my best

Perez: I feel I’m pretty much at my best

Perez: I feel I'm pretty much at my best
Sergio Perez is confident he is at his best form entering the 2023 Formula 1 season, after finishing third in the Drivers’ Championship of 2022.

Last season remains the best in the Sergio Perez’s F1 career, but his third place in the standings could’ve been a runner up, a position Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc clinched after the pair enter the final race in Abu Dhabi level on points, the latter finishing ahead.

Perez had a strong start to his 2022 campaign, but will rue the midseason slump in form he suffered ahead of the summer break for potentially costing him second place behind teammate, Max Verstappen, whose refusal to give yield sixth place at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix ended up being irrelevant in light of proceedings at Abu Dhabi’s season finale.

Perez reflected on his oscillating relationship with his RB18 in 2022, and told F1’s official website: “I’m constantly working on it.

“I think it really depends on how comfortable I am at the start of the season with the car, as I was in the beginning of the season, then it slipped away,” he added.

Looking to carry strong form into 2023

The 32-year-old, however, insists he is in top form and looks to capitalize on that in 2023; he commented: “I think as Formula 1 drivers, we are constantly working for new challenges all the time. But I do feel, at this time, I’m pretty much at my best. I really want to carry it on and start next year on a very high [level].”

Reflecting on 2022; Perez said: “Certainly, [2022] started really well. [We had] some reliability issues in the beginning, but things were looking on track. We were in the mix for the championship early on.

“I had a couple of bad races that really put me [out of] contention for the championship, so there is some work to do in that regard, together with the team.

“[We need to] make sure that we can keep that consistency throughout and that we can come back next year and fight for the title, if we were to have a similar level of car for next year,” the four-time F1 race winner concluded.

Perez won two races in 2022, the Monaco and Singapore Grands Prix, but many see the signing of Daniel Ricciardo as a third driver for Red Bull as a threat to the Mexican should his form drop again in the future, something he is confident won’t happen.