Perez: O'Ward can 'race against the very best in the world'

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Perez: O'Ward can 'race against the very best in the world'

Sergio Perez reckons Pato O'Ward has the talent to race with the best drivers in the world as he praised his countryman for his IndyCar win last weekend in Detroit.

O'Ward scorched to his first victory in the US series at the Texas Motor Speedway last month, an achievement that earned him a Formula 1 test with McLaren in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year.

But the Arrow McLaren SP driver's win at Belle Isle propelled him to the top of the championship standings, and it also capped off a productive week for Mexico that had kicked off with Perez's win in Baku.

  • Read also: IndyCar's Pato O'Ward handed F1 test with McLaren

"I think it was great," said the Red Bull driver. "In two weekends, we got a win in Formula 1 and then a win in IndyCar, so that’s great for our country.

"To be honest, I think Pato is a great talent. It’s just a matter of how different IndyCar is to Formula 1, and how quickly he can adapt to Formula 1.

"Certainly, I think he has the talent to race against the very best drivers in the world."

Ironically, O'Ward was recruited by Red Bull and briefly added to its roster of junior drivers in 2019, racing twice in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and in three rounds of the Japanese Super Formula series before he was dropped by the energy drink company.

O'Ward joined Arrow McLaren SP in IndyCar in 2020 and finished fourth in the championship, snatching four podiums along the way.

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Hamilton wants 'a good night out' with F1's drivers after Covid

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Hamilton wants 'a good night out' with F1's drivers after Covid

Lewis Hamilton says he has plans to organize a "good night out" with his fellow F1 colleagues once current Covid restrictions are lifted.

Teams and drivers have been living in their respective bubbles since the onslaught of the global pandemic over a year ago.

While restrictions and sanitary mesures are slowly being lifted, members of the F1 community remain cautious, with Covid-19 testing continuing to be widespread.

Like many, Hamilton has toned down his social life in the past year, spending most of his time on his own or with his inner circle, be they family members of those who work alongside the seven-time world champion.

But the Briton would like to enjoy a night out with his fellow F1 drivers, just for the sake of having a good time.

"I think at some stage when things get back to normal, I’m sure there’ll be a moment where we we meet somewhere," said the Mercedes driver on Thursday.

"There’ll be something fun that we end up doing. I definitely think it’s good for the drivers to get together and put away the competition and just have a good night out together. At some stage, we’ll probably all do that."

Sitting alongside championship rival Max Verstappen in Thursday's press conference, Hamilton was asked if he ever had any contact with the Dutchman when they find themselves at home in Monaco.

"Well, me personally, I’m never really out and about,” Hamilton told reporters in the FIA drivers’ press conference.

"We live on the opposite sides of town so therefore we don’t really see each other.

"We’ve messaged each other on DM before, right? We’ve messaged after races but I guess we’ve never really had a lot of time to spend together."

  • Read also: Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40

Verstappen admitted that he devotes most of his time to family and close friends during his down time.

"It’s difficult to wave at each other. Monaco is like a rock," he joked.

"We are away so much that once you get home, you also want to spend time with family and friends.

"With so many races, that is priority number on, because they also would love to spend time with you. And when the opportunity arises, it’s very easy to meet up nowadays with social media and stuff."

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