Pierre Wache the technical director of the Red Bull Racing team is excited about reuniting with Sergio Perez, who he worked with at Sauber (now Alfa Romeo), saying the Mexican's feedback is valuable to fine-tuning the RB16B.
In Sergio Perez, Red Bull are hoping that they finally have a driver who is capable of taking the fight to Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Perez's race pace and his ability to manage his tires are just two of the aspects highlighted by Wache in terms of how the Mexican benefits the team.
"We value Sergio’s feedback a lot," Wache told the Red Bull blog What the Tech?
"I worked with him when he started Formula One in the Sauber team. His feedback and his capacity to drive the car, especially in long runs; how he’s managing very well the pace and reducing the degradation.
"Clearly his current feedback on the handling of the car, and the experience he had with a completely different car concept previously was valuable for us and interesting to understand."
Wache also highlighted the effects of the budget cap saying efficiency has become a more pressing concern.
"F1 now has a budget cap," Wache continued.
"That has a massive effect on the sport and the front running teams. The way we work and the way we develop the car has to be more efficient in all areas of the business."
With the start of the Formula 1 season just around the corner, the Red Bull team will be hoping they can carry over their preseason testing form into the first Grand Prix of the calendar in Bahrain.