Racing Point’s Sergio Perez says the speed of the 2020 Formula 1 cars will be “nothing close to previous years” and will break records.
We are yet to see the 2020-spec challengers in action due to the coronavirus pandemic, but if they are let loose this year, then they are going to be seriously fast.
It was set to be the final year for this generation of F1 cars, but the introduction of the new regulations has now been pushed back to 2022 at the earliest.
Perez’s former team-mate Esteban Ocon had said previously that every lap record would be broken by the 2020 cars, and Perez agrees that their pace will be like nothing we have seen before.
“We are driving the fastest cars in the history of Formula 1,” he told Formula1.com.
“You cannot imagine the speeds that we do in fast corners.
“It’s nothing close to previous years. The qualifying laps are going to be amazing. We are going to be breaking all lap records this year with the generation of cars we have, they’re simply the best cars.”
Racing Point were one of the most talked about teams going into the new season with their ‘pink Mercedes’ looking like a solid racing machine.
And Perez said he had spoken recently to team members, including team principal Otmar Szafnauer, about how for the first time in their careers he feels they have a competitive car.
“The other day, I had a call with Otmar [Szafnauer, Racing Point Team Principal] and also with Tom [McCullough], our chief engineer, and I was telling them ‘you know, for the first time in our careers, we have a competitive car’,” he said.
“We obviously don’t know how competitive it is, but we know it’s quite encouraging.
“Going to Melbourne in that sense, [with] all the preparation we’d all done, knowing that we had a good car underneath us was very painful, very painful. But it’s a painful time for everybody. We just have to stay united.”