Juri Vips Praises Red Bull Drive In 2021 Post-Season Test as a “privilege”

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Juri Vips has praised Red Bull for providing him with the “privilege” of participating in the 2021 F1 post-season Test.

F1 conducted a two-day post-season test in Abu Dhabi to wrap up the 2021 campaign which saw Red Bull opt to run their junior driver – Juri Vips on the opening day, just days after the team controversially clinched the 2021 drivers’ title with Max Verstappen.

Vips post-session reflected on his opportunity to step into a F1 car as he said: “I have been looking forward to this test for a while now, it is such a privilege to drive a Formula One car, even more so a Championship-winning one.”

The Estonian drove the RB16B and finished sixth quickest overall as his best time was 2.007 seconds off Mercedes’ Nyck De Vries.

Vips however admitted that he took a while to adapt to the car as he said: “It took my brain some time to get used to the speed of the RB16B because the pace is just crazy but then it is like any other car and you just get used to it and do your job.”

There was one mistake in the afternoon session which was swiftly resolved with Vips feeling “super fortunate” to be part of Red Bull and drive the car in post-season, whilst his Hitech GP F2 teammate and fellow junior member – Liam Lawson tested for AlphaTauri.

Verstappen meanwhile was back in action as he conducted tyre testing for Pirelli as the teams prepare for 18 inch tyres next season, with the newly-crowned champion only finishing 17th and 4.822s off De Vries after doing 124 laps.

Speaking about his opportunity to test out the larger tyres, Verstappen commented: “It felt good to be back behind the wheel and it was good to get a feel for the new tyres.

“Everything went smoothly and there were no major shocks around the tyres, which is always positive.”

2022 though will see new regulations come into play and Verstappen is wary of what to expect as he added: “Everything changes next year and the cars will be very different, so it’s good to have initial information about the tyres.

“It was a good day today at the end of a very long but ultimately massively rewarding season and now I’m very much looking forward to some time away from the racetrack!”

Perez drove on the second and final day of testing as Red Bull concluded their on-track running for 2021 with the Mexican finishing ninth fastest after 118 laps, despite suffering a minor fluid leakage during the afternoon session.

Describing his experience on the larger tyres as “interesting” and “different”, Perez feels “nicely surprised” by the larger-size tyres as he looks to focus on preparations for 2022.

Analysing his overall running across the final day of testing, Perez said: “I know it is early days but generating temperature in them has been one of the things we have been working on and they seem to be more robust in terms of surface overheating.

It has been enjoyable being out there today and at the moment I have a good feeling about these tyres.”

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