Damon Hill slams Sergio Perez's poor performance: 'It's disastrous'

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Damon Hill brutally honest with Sergio Perez's poor Red Bull performance
24 June at 11:05
  • Toby Nixon

Sergio Perez had another tough weekend in his RB20. The Mexican has scored just eight points in the last four Grand Prix. Of these last four, his teammate Max Verstappen has won three of them. On Sky Sports, 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill was brutally honest about Perez's Red Bull performances, suggesting that the Mexican is 'nowhere near up to speed'.

Sergio Perez had a grid penalty at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya and knew qualifying would be crucial. Perez was only able to qualify in eighth, eventually starting the race from P11. Perez finished where he was originally meant to start the race, in eighth place. The six-time Grand Prix winner complained that he didn't feel comfortable in the car all weekend, stating eighth was 'the maximum'. A worrying sight for a driver whose teammate has won seven of the last 10 races.

How does Hill view Perez's performances?

“It’s difficult to understand, isn’t it? He’s got the best car next to McLaren, obviously, but he’s not able to match Max. Now, that means four or five grid places [sit between Perez and Verstappen]. It’s disastrous really for Red Bull if they want to get him scoring maximum [points], or even helping Max in defending in races. He’s nowhere near up to speed," said the former Williams world champion. 

Sergio Perez told Viaplay after the race that eighth was the most he could do in Spain. "There was not much hope. I think we got the maximum we could possibly get, but we just have to get our head down and hopefully come back." Concluded Perez, who will be hoping to be back in the mix at Red Bull's home race in Austria.