Lewis Hamilton is obviously a very intelligent guy: Sergio Perez heaps praise on 7-time F1 champion

The Mexican driver also had words of appreciation for his teammate Max Verstappen as he hailed him as one of the best in the business.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 1 July 2021 11:49 pm

Sergio Perez's move to Red Bull has certainly turned the tables in Formula One as he has given the much-needed solidity to the team along with the ever-consistent Max Verstappen. It seems like that the curse of Red Bull's second seat has finally ended as the Mexican has delivered some great performances in the first half of season which has helped his side open up a 40-point gap over defending champions Mercedes. While he has certainly thrived under pressure, the 31-year-old admitted that he learns a lot from 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton while racing against him.

I was fortunate enough to see how good he is: Perez on Hamilton

After a slow start to the season, Sergio Perez drove one of the best races of his life at Baku. The Mexican did an amazing job to keep Lewis Hamilton at bay, helping out his teammate Max Verstappen who was on course of a brilliant win. However, an unfortunate tyre issue for the Dutch and Hamilton's error on the restart gave Perez his first race win at Red Bull.

Reflecting on the battle with Hamilton, the 31-year-old was not short of praises for the defending champion. He said, "The race I had with Hamilton, literally against him, I was fortunate enough to see how good he is. The way he pushes you at the time, and then when he saves his tyres, he’s obviously a very, very intelligent guy."

Perez also had words of appreciation for his teammate Max Verstappen as he hailed him as one of the best in the business. The Mexican added that racing with these drivers at this level is definitely helping him to reach a new level. After missing out on a podium place in Austria last week, Perez will be hoping for a top 3 finish at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday.