Red Bull 'confident' prediction which may force Mercedes to axe Valtteri Bottas

“You wouldn’t call Perez an out-and-out race-winner given he’s spent his F1 career in the midfield, but he has not had the tools to show his real talent.

“He did win a race last year – as did Pierre Gasly, both fortunate victories – but Sergio is normally up there fighting for big points and that is what Red Bull needs.

“Every podium finish he can score will give Red Bull more points, but more importantly it will reduce the points that Mercedes will take. I’m confident he’s going to be the equal of Valtteri Bottas at least.”

Red Bull unveiled the first images of their RB16B for the 2021 season on Tuesday with this being the final year they’ll be using Honda engines.

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