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Sergio Perez

Perez highlights key Verstappen difference with 2024 goal in mind

Sergio Perez has been unable to keep up with Max Verstappen in 2023.

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Sergio Perez has highlighted the ability of Max Verstappen to adapt to different situations as a key difference between the two.

Although Perez started the season strongly with two wins in the first four races, he has not won since Azerbaijan during which time Verstappen has picked up 11 of his 13 wins this season.

A bad summer run took Perez out of title contention with Verstappen set to wrap up the crown in the Qatar Sprint race with six rounds still remaining.

Despite not being able to match Verstappen's pace, Perez still has a lofty ambition for 2024 as he detailed just what makes Verstappen so formidable.

Perez on Verstappen

"When the season started, the car suited me perfectly. However, cars evolve during the season. After Miami, it became less and less [to my style], Perez told De Limburger.

"I had another car that didn't suit me and then I failed to get into Q3 a number of times which reduced my self-confidence, and this also made driving a lot less enjoyable.

"Max can adapt very quickly. I have more difficulty with that.

"He manages to get more out of the car and do that every weekend, that is certainly something I admire about him.

"Max always and everywhere performs at the top of his abilities and is always 100%.

"I think that is the most special thing about him. In addition, he is a hard worker who understands very well why he is successful.

"If things go wrong, then he also knows exactly why that happens."

"At the beginning [of the season] I was competing for the world title, but that changed from May onwards.

"I drove without self-confidence, and couldn't get [into Q3] a number of times, that was very difficult."

Despite his struggles, Perez still believes that he can reset going into 2024, and is "convinced that I can take a shot at the world title next year."

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