Sergio ‘Checo’ Prez feels he is aware of his Purple Bull teammate Max Verstappen completely after working alongside him for 3 seasons, and he has defined how he has risen from an Components 1 prodigy to changing into a three-time world champion in such a brief area of time.
The Mexican remembers the primary day he noticed the 2023 champion and analyzes how he has modified over time.
“The primary time I noticed him was in Melbourne and I already realized that he had one thing particular,” he mentioned. “You can see that he was a really gifted driver with nice confidence in his prospects”.
Verstappen modified his mentality
Nonetheless, whereas many have witnessed the evolution of the Dutchman, Perez has lived it carefully and suffered because of it. However he nonetheless finds time to reward the maturity of Verstappen after noticing a distinction in his character.
“In the present day Max is calmer, he’s nonetheless as assured, believing in his prospects, however he has a calmer character,” he added.
Checo emphasizes that Verstappen has all the time had blind religion in his expertise, however the huge distinction is that he is a ‘extra relaxed man’ now. That impulsive character he had, Checo thinks he has been in a position to mould it and channel it positively – and the result’s that he has been tremendously aggressive with out making errors.
Standing as much as Verstappen
The Mexican would be the Dutchman’s team-mate once more for 2024, one thing Christian Horner has been pressured to reiterate on a number of events as a consequence of questions over his future.
He is aware of that Purple Bull are betting on Max to assert a fourth title, however he hopes to repeat what he did final season within the first races, when he fought one-on-one with Verstappen and received twice.
What Checo needs to state is that generally, the distinction between being a terrific champion or not is a really slim line. He believes that Verstappen‘s character change has been basic in having the ability to management the fragile moments in races. That’s his secret to success.