Reaching high speeds on the water, where these boats can reach 55 knots, or about 65 miles per hour, is different from doing the same on the track, said Pérez, on which race cars go over 200 mph.
“I never imagined it was so difficult,” Pérez said. “Watching them on TV, it doesn’t seem like such an extreme sport. It was something unique. We race, but not on the track — on the water. Like all sports, when you see it from the outside, it’s so different than when you actually get into it. It’s so impressive. I have a lot of admiration for what these guys are doing. »
Pérez also noticed how the crew remained calm as they communicated.
“These guys are pretty laid back,” he said. “The vibe they have is really nice. It’s something that Formula 1 sometimes lacks. Formula 1 is too focused and people are too lonely. Everyone here is really relaxed and gets along. good.
Slingsby said the two sports were similar in that they were extreme.
“I like to think our sport is an extreme sport – maybe not as extreme as their sport,” he said, adding that it could have turned out to be more extreme if they had had better wind. the day of the race.
The Americans beat the Australians, in light winds. “It felt like we were stuck in first gear today. But Max and Checo won. Not bad,” Spithill said, referring to Pérez by his nickname.
“It was enough for us,” Pérez said.
The US SailGP team also races under the Red Bull banner. Verstappen and Pérez were present during a break in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix. Pilots saw how sailors race, communicate and apply the massive amount of data generated by their analysis systems that help optimize performance.
They also wanted to test the validity of SailGP’s claim to be a Formula 1 on the water. Russell Coutts, chief executive of SailGP, said the pilots recognize parallels between the two sports.
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