Sergio Perez believes there is no reason why his performance at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix cannot be repeated later in the season after his debut victory for Red Bull.
In just his sixth race for the team since joining from Racing Point, now Aston Martin, Perez scored his second career win after a late tyre failure for team-mate Max Verstappen.
Perez showed promising pace through the Baku weekend, finishing inside the top three of each practice session, only to qualify seventh due to traffic in Q3.
After gaining places on the first lap, Perez ran a longer first stint to jump up to second place, with Red Bull running one-two for the majority of the race.
The Mexican has taken time to get up to speed in the RB16B, but following his breakthrough victory at Red Bull, Perez doesn’t see why he can’t carry the momentum over to upcoming races.
“It certainly feels that I’ve made good progress, not just this weekend, also in Monaco,” Perez said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Every weekend, the understanding grows and after each weekend we do a very deep analysis. We do a lot of work back in the factory to try to figure out what we can do better as a team.
“But yes, certainly I think we are getting there. We are improving and I see no reason why going to a different track we cannot be able to have a similar kind of performance.
“Definitely my confidence is growing. The understanding with the team is getting there. It’s only race number six of the season, there’s still plenty to go.
“But it’s important to keep this momentum and to keep improving, race after race.”
Perez’s triumph was a major breakthrough for his side of the Red Bull garage, who hadn’t won a grand prix since Monaco 2018 with Daniel Ricciardo.
Back in pre-season testing, Perez predicted it would take him around five races to fully adjust to Red Bull’s Formula 1 car, and admitted after his win the transition had been harder than he initially expected.
“We didn’t have the start of the season we were hoping for,” Perez said.
“I found my adaptation harder than expected, but we have been working extremely hard since day one with the engineers back at the factory.
“Finally we got a very good result for the team. We have been showing flashes of speed here and there. But I think [in Baku] everything was looking great until Q3 run one when we got it wrong. But we didn’t let ourselves [get] down. We looked forward and we had a tremendous race.
“I’m extremely pleased with the result. This definitely gives a big boost of confidence to myself and also to my team, to my side of the garage. We have such a rollercoaster through the seasons, it’s important to enjoy these moments.”