Components 1 Drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez Go Crusing

Hitting excessive speeds on the water, the place these boats can attain 55 knots, about 65 miles per hour, feels totally different than doing the identical on the monitor, Pérez stated, on which the racecars go greater than 200 m.p.h.

“I by no means imagined it was this difficult,” Pérez stated. “Watching them on TV, it doesn’t appear to be it’s such an excessive sport. It was one thing distinctive. We’re doing a little racing, however not on the monitor — on the water. Like each sport, while you see it from the surface, it’s so totally different than while you truly soar into it. It’s so spectacular. I’ve lots of admiration for what these guys do.”

Pérez additionally observed how the crew saved calm as they communicated.

“These guys are fairly chilled out,” he stated. “The ambiance they’ve is very nice. It’s one thing that Components 1 misses generally. Components 1 is simply too targeted, and persons are an excessive amount of on their very own. Right here, everybody is admittedly relaxed and will get on nicely.”

Slingsby stated each sports activities have been related in that they have been excessive.

“I prefer to suppose our sport is an excessive sport — perhaps not as excessive as their sport,” he stated, including that it may need confirmed extra excessive if that they had had higher wind on raceday.

The People beat the Australians, in mild winds. “It was like we have been form of caught in first gear at this time. However Max and Checo received a win. Not unhealthy,” Spithill stated, referring to Pérez by his nickname.

“It was sufficient for us,” Pérez stated.

The U.S. SailGP workforce additionally races underneath the Purple Bull banner. Verstappen and Pérez have been attending throughout a break in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix. The drivers have been seeing how the sailors race, talk and apply the huge quantity of information generated by their analytic programs that assist optimize efficiency.

In addition they needed to check the validity of SailGP’s declare of being Components 1 on the water. Russell Coutts, the chief govt of SailGP, stated the drivers acknowledged parallels between the 2 sports activities.

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