Berger Criticizes Perez for Rookie-Level Mistake

Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger praises Max Verstappen‘s performance this season, calling him the world’s best driver of all time, but criticizes Sergio Perez‘s performance, questioning why he is allowed to stay on the team.


‣ Gerhard Berger, a former Formula 1 driver, has praised Max Verstappen’s performance this season, stating that he believes Verstappen is the world’s best driver of all time.
‣ Berger is less impressed with Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s team-mate, who scored 290 fewer points than Verstappen.
‣ Berger criticized Perez’s performance at the Las Vegas Grand Prix, stating that even a rookie would not make the mistake Perez made during an overtaking manoeuvre.
‣ Despite Perez’s underperformance, Red Bull Racing did not need him in 2023, as Verstappen collected more points than the number two in the constructors’ championship, Mercedes.

Gerhard Berger, the former Formula 1 driver, has some thoughts on the current season. He’s quite taken with Max Verstappen’s performance, but he’s not as thrilled about Sergio Perez. Berger can’t quite wrap his head around why Perez gets to stay on, especially since he didn’t think Perez was all that impressive towards the end of the season.

Berger has nothing but praise for Verstappen. He says Verstappen “just lives for his sport, for Formula 1, with every fibre of his body”. He believes that’s why Verstappen is the best driver of all time. But when it comes to Perez, Berger’s enthusiasm wanes. Perez lagged behind Verstappen by a whopping 290 points.

Berger’s thoughts on Perez continue. He says, “Yes, if you lump Max and Pérez together, the average again falls in Helmut’s favour,” referring to his good friend, Marko. Berger also pointed out Perez’s mistake during the last lap at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. He said, “even a rookie would not make such a mistake.”

Looking ahead to 2023, Berger doesn’t think Perez will make much of a splash. But then again, Red Bull Racing doesn’t really need him. Verstappen alone racked up 575 points, which is more than Mercedes, the number two in the constructors’ championship, managed to collect (409).

The big question now is whether Red Bull Racing will maintain its lead in 2024. They secured the world titles early, so they could focus on the next year ahead of time. Lewis Hamilton has expressed concern about this. Berger’s response? “That’s just the language of Formula 1, to be able to start the new year with less pressure.”

Even though Berger sees Red Bull as the clear favourite, he acknowledges that Formula 1 is always full of surprises. Anything can happen. But one thing’s for sure: Berger is excited for 2024. He told Krone Zeitung, “I am very much looking forward to 2024.”

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