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Sergio Perez double motivated as championship challenge heads to Azerbaijan

Sergio Perez has said he feels he is in the best moment of his career on the back of his win in Monaco and new contract at Red Bull.

The Mexican sits in third place in the Drivers’ standings at the moment with him just 15 points off of leader, and team-mate, Max Verstappen.

Indeed, he’s looking really strong at the wheel of the Red Bull RB18 and, that said, he feels as though he’s driving as well as he ever has in Formula 1, with him signing a new contract with the team last week.

“I was very happy to extend my stay with the Team until at least 2024, that tells you the great work we have done together and how happy we are with each other,” Perez said in Red Bull’s Azerbaijan GP preview.

“Having my future decided allows me to stay one hundred percent focused on the main goal of winning races and world titles. It’s amazing how hard work always pays, two years ago I was without a seat in F1 and today I’m in the best team. I can only say that I am happy and very grateful for the opportunity.

“Today I think I am in the best moment of my career and driving for a Team that always seeks perfection, which is the perfect match for me and for any driver. I am still very excited to think about what we achieved as a Team in Monaco, seeing the joy it brought to my family and my country motivates me a lot. However, we must put the emotion aside and focus on the next race, which is Azerbaijan.

“The Championship fight is really tight, so we need to be totally focused. It was very special winning my first race with the Team in Baku last season, it brought me great joy. I like street circuits because it is where the driver can really make the difference, of course it is easier to make a mistake when you’re trying to go on the limit, but at the end of the day that is what gives you the tenths you need to be competitive.

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