F1: Verstappen and Hamilton verbally spar
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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has revealed the intense preparations he has undertaken to impress at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. The Milton Keynes-based outfit have fallen behind Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.
Since the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July, Red Bull have scored just over half of the points scored by Mercedes.
That has allowed the Silver Arrows to open up a 33-point lead at the top of the standings as they seek to retain the title for an eighth successive season.
Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at the Sochi Autodrom last time out, with Max Verstappen securing second after impressively working his way up from the back of the grid.
Perez missed out on a podium as he failed to switch to intermediate tyres when rain began to fall in the final moments of the race – and the Mexican explained what he and his team have worked on ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix.
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“We did a lot of work after Russia to analyse what went wrong and what went right and where we can look to improve,” said Perez.
“I have spent some more time on the sim ahead of Turkey too, so we have done some pretty intense homework for this weekend.
“I am looking forward to the last seven races now and I am sure our luck will turn, we are performing well on track but now we must show that with our results on a Sunday, I want to be back on the podium this weekend.”
Teams at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix suffered issues with data relating to the track surface, hence why Perez has worked so hard to prepare.
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Red Bull recently announced they will race with a special one-off livery at this weekend’s race at Istanbul Park.
The livery will be a tribute to Honda, as the Turkish race replaced the Japanese Grand Prix on the 2021 calendar.
The Japanese manufacturer is set to withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of the season – and Verstappen revealed how special it is to race for Honda.
“It always feels special to race for Honda, even without the special livery,” Verstappen said.
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“For us as a team and for Honda to miss out on the Japanese GP is a shame, but it’s cool that we can do something in Turkey instead to celebrate.
“I’m excited to see it and it’s really special to have the car look different for a race so I’m looking forward to that.”
Formula 1 returns to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix on October 10, with Mercedes’ Hamilton holding a slender two-point lead over Verstappen.
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