And while Verstappen mastered the Red Bull RB19 extracting its full potential, Perez never felt at least with what was considered as the best car on the 2023 F1 grid.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Perez highlighted the area where he needs to improve next season, he said: “I want to be able to hit consistency, to build a platform.
“What we lacked this year is progress,” he went on. “I started the year really highly, on par with Max. But I was just not able to evolve through the season. If anything, I went backwards at times. So, that’s probably my main priority, to be able to progress through the season.”
Perez admitted Spain was a turning point in his 2023 F1 campaign, that something felt wrong with his car, he said: “I felt like the car was different and I had to think a lot more on how I was driving than ever before.
Spain was a turnaround
“So, that was a bit of a turnaround of the year,” he claimed. “We started the year really strongly the first five, six races, but then we couldn’t progress together with the car. And I think that’s something I lacked this year that I want to improve massively into next year.
“These problems really make me understand a lot more how I was setting up the car, which direction I need to go when I get issues. So I think it’s something definitely that’s going to make us stronger coming next year.
“During the winter we’re going to take the time with the engineers to go through things,” the winner of six grands prix revealed.
“Other than that we’re just going to focus massively on making sure we are able to progress with it through the season. I think that’s the main thing.
“If you think about how we started the year, if we were able to keep progressing through the year, we would have had a much stronger season,” Perez concluded.
Despite the struggles in 2023, Perez managed to finish runner-up behind Verstappen in the Drivers’ Standings, giving Red Bull their first one/two in their F1 history.