Perez highlights Albon contribution to Red Bull success

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Perez highlights Albon contribution to Red Bull success

Sergio Perez has praised Red Bull reserve Alex Albon for his contribution to the team's success this season, highlighting the latter's simulator work as well as his personal support for the Mexican's efforts.

Perez replaced Albon at Red Bull at the start of this year season following the British-Thai racer's disappointing 2020 campaign.

But the 25-year-old has remained in the Red Bull family and frequently conducts development work in the outfit's simulator in Milton Keynes while also racing part-time in the German DTM series at the wheel of an AlphaTauri-sponsored Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo.

After Max Verstappen's win in Monaco, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner underscored Albon's role in helping the outfit turn around its performance in the Principality thanks to his time spent in the simulator after Thursday's opening day of running.

After last weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Perez echoed Horner's recognition but added his personal appreciation for the productive relationship he enjoys with the man he replaced at Red Bull.

"I think we’ve got a pretty good team," Perez said. "I think what Max did was great to see. He really deserved the win, he did everything perfect that weekend. He was just very unlucky. It was really his win.

"And Alex as well, he’s putting so much work into the simulator with the engineers. I remember when I came here, you wouldn’t expect from him to be so open in a way with me.

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"But he explained to me all the issues he had, how the car works, and that was very nice, since day one, to have from him.

“I really appreciated that, and I appreciate the work he is putting in weekend after weekend with the team, with the simulator.

"This is teamwork, and ultimately we are there thanks to every single individual in this team."

Perez's win in Baku coupled with Mercedes' botched race has propelled Red Bull 28 points ahead of its rival. But Perez warned that it's a long road to Abu Dhabi, where everyone will tally up their final points. In the interim, he urged his team to keep its head down.

"It’s only race six," Perez said. "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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Boullier admits French GP date change was 'a big problem'

French Grand Prix boss Eric Boullier says the reshuffle of F1's calendar that brought the race at Paul... The post Boullier admits French GP date change was 'a big problem' appeared first on F1i.com.

Boullier admits French GP date change was 'a big problem'

French Grand Prix boss Eric Boullier says the reshuffle of F1's calendar that brought the race at Paul Ricard forward by a week this month proved to be a major hurdle for his organization.

The cancellation in late April of the Canadian Grand Prix due to Covid-19, its subsequent replacement by the Turkish Grand Prix and then the latter's abandonment left F1 scrambling to rebuild its schedule for June.

The addition of a second race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria eventually led to the French Grand Prix being rescheduled for June 20 instead of June 27, and the overhaul at such short notice was anything but easy for the French promoters.

"It was a big problem. You can’t build everything up for a Grand Prix within three days," Boullier told Motorsport.com.

"During the Grand Prix, 1,200 people work. They were already booked to work for us that week. Then if you change the date six weeks before the race, they all have to change their plans.

"Then there are the spectators. Everyone had already booked their flight, train journey, accommodation and the likes, and they had to change everything too. So it’s a challenge.

"At the request of Formula 1, we were brought forward a week, losing 20 per cent of the spectators. However, those tickets were immediately re-sold."

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Formula 1 venues are slowly welcoming back fans into the grandstands. Monaco authorized a 40 per cent capacity for its showcase event in the Principality.

The French government has allowed mass gatherings at public events of a maximum of 5,000 people. But three distinct closed zones, or 'bubbles', have been created at Paul Ricard to legally circumvent the rule and boost attendance to 15,000 people.

"Each bubble is completely independent," Boullier added.

"They have their own entrance gates, own parking spaces. Nobody gets in the way of someone from another bubble.

"We are the first major event in France. You have Roland Garros and the Cannes Film Festival, but with 15,000 spectators this is the biggest event yet. It’s good to be back."

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