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“It doesn’t really matter where we are now, it’s where we finish in Abu Dhabi” – Sergio Pérez

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Whilst he admits it is good to see Red Bull Racing at the head of both championship tables after the first six races of the 2021 Formula 1 season, Sergio Pérez says they must remain focused and ensure they are holding down the same position when the season concludes in December.

Pérez took his first victory for Red Bull in last Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the team having taken three of the available six victories on offer this year to date, Max Verstappen having won the Emilia Romagna and Monaco Grand Prix.

In winning at the Baku City Circuit, Pérez became the first driver in the turbo hybrid era to win for two different teams, having taken his maiden victory just six months prior in the Sakhir Grand Prix whilst racing for the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team

And it was the first time Red Bull took consecutive race wins for seven years, with Daniel Ricciardo’s triumphs in the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix the last time the team won two in a row.

But Pérez says it is still early in the season and anything can still happen between now and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in mid-December, and it is important for Red Bull to remain focused in their bid to deny the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team another championship double.

“It’s only race six,” Perez is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “It doesn’t really matter where we are now, it’s where we finish in Abu Dhabi. We just have to keep chipping away and get there at the end, making sure we maximise our car potential.

“It’s such a long way to go. I’ve been in Formula 1 for many years, I know still so many things can happen. We just have to keep our heads down.

“Now what has happened is history, and we just have to keep looking forward.”

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