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Perez on Baku challenge against a ‘fired-up’ Mercedes

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This week Formula 1 had landed in Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Both Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff have spoken out on their expectations for the race weekend.

Mercedes look to bounce back from an underwhelming performance at Monaco, where they lost their lead in both the Drivers and Constructors championships.

This came after Lewis Hamilton’s frustrating seventh and Valtteri Bottas’ bitter retirement following a stuck right front tyre during his pitstop.

It’s the first time Mercedes have not lead the Constructors championship in the turbo hybrid era but boss Toto Wolff has been reassured by the team’s response after a difficult weekend.

According to an article by thechequredflag.com Wolff has said;

“On Monday morning I saw the same energy as when we returned from the Bahrain test and that pleases me. We dissected the weekend, asked hard questions of ourselves, and learned some crucial lessons. I wish we could have been back racing last weekend.”

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team...

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Despite Mercedes’ characteristically forward-focused response, Wolff remains humbled by what could be another tough challenge in Baku.

“While it’s a very different street circuit to Monaco, we expect it to be another tricky one for us, not particularly suiting the characteristics and traits of the W12.

“Red Bull will be strong again, while both Ferrari and McLaren have made great progress recently. A key focus for us has to be exploiting the opportunities available to us on those outlier tracks which aren’t suited to our car – when the points are there, we need to grab them.

 “We’re expecting another challenge on the city streets and after the results of the last race, we’re more determined and fired-up than ever to bounce back in Baku.”

The team who took the championship lead from Mercedes are their main title rivals Red Bull, who claimed victory at Monaco through Max Verstappen.

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco : News Photo

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What helped give them the edge in the title was Sergio Perez’ fortuitous fourth place finish and the Mexican has shared his optimism for the race weekend.

According to an article by racingnews365.com he said;

“I think we should be strong again, hopefully we are able to get through Saturday cleanly.
“We’ve proved that our race pace is right up there with the best. We just have to improve our Saturdays and then we should be fine.

Perez has indeed backed up Wolff’s fears that Red Bull will once again be the stronger of the two main title contenders this weekend but that’s not stopped Mercedes from spoiling their party.

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