In case anyone needed reminding, Sergio Perez once again showed his class at a wet and wild Turkish Grand Prix.
Coming home in second, he equalled his best-ever result from back in 2012 and secured the ninth podium finish of his career.
While the headlines rightly belonged to Lewis Hamilton – now the sport’s most decorated champion – it would be remiss of the Formula 1 world not to acknowledge the Mexican’s latest showing of speed and racecraft.
And speaking to The Race’s Scott Mitchell in the post-race press conference, Perez discussed his season and career in F1.
He said: “I think from my side it’s been a good season but in Formula 1, it’s so much related to your car’s potential. I think I’ve had very good seasons in the past, but they were not seen as a good year because of the car.
“I was finishing seventh in the championship – a couple of times eighth – but I was still doing a good job, a tremendous job.”
As mentioned, a career-best of seventh in the Drivers’ Championship doesn’t tell the story of one of the sport’s most consistent performers.
Always highly regarded, Perez did get a dream move to one of the sport’s ‘big teams’ in 2013 when he was tasked with replacing the outgoing Hamilton at McLaren. However, as luck would have it, this coincided with arguably the Woking team’s worst run of form since they entered the sport in 1966.
A move to Force India followed in 2014 where the Mexican re-established himself among the sport’s elite.
Now, with his points haul in Turkey, Perez sits fourth and on course to secure his highest championship finish despite missing two races with Covid and losing out on a guaranteed podium in Imola.
With only four points separating Perez in fourth and Ricciardo in sixth, it’s sure to come down to the wire, but whatever happens, the 30-year-old believes he is driving better than ever.
He said: “I think right now I’m at a very good level in my career – I think probably at my peak in terms of experience, understanding, and communication-wise with the team as well. I’ve been awhile with the team so that helps.
“The season has been a bit up and down due to a lot of things – some on track, some off track – but we’re getting our season on track and I’m sure this podium will help us to finish the last few races on a high.”
And not only are we fast approaching the conclusion of what’s been a historic 2020 season, but the final three races could be the last of the Mexican’s Formula 1 career.
However, a glimmer of hope remains. With the future of Alex Albon still unresolved and another error-strewn display from the Thai in Turkey, it’d be amazing if Red Bull aren’t considering a move for one of the most complete racers in the business.
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