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Why Perez’s new-era F1 promise has deteriorated into disappointment – Autosport

It would make the life of a Formula 1 team that bit easier if their drivers didn’t have pesky preferences and a personality all of their own in the cockpit. Total uniformity to fall perfectly in line with the data is the ideal. Just not very often the reality.
Williams was perhaps a little fortunate last weekend in the circumstances. The team credited a small portion of Nyck de Vries’ stellar Italian Grand Prix cameo to him only requiring minor set-up tweaks compared to the seat’s usual occupant Alex Albon. The Thai-Brit, in turn, has a broadly similar driving style to team-mate Nicholas Latifi. That meant a good baseline understanding to help Formula E champion de Vries plug in and play.
Matt Kew is Autosport’s F1 Editor, a role he has held since March 2022 after stints covering Formula E, Extreme E and the British Touring Car Championship.
Matt joined Autosport in 2018 to work predominantly on the magazine, but his relentless quoting of Alan Partridge meant office colleagues soon thought he would be better suited to increased field work.
Needless to say, Matt had the last laugh when he won the Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2019.
His interest in motorsport was sparked by regular trips to watch NASCAR crash around Rockingham’s banked oval.
Matt read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield – receiving first-class honours for his dissertation assessing the lack of female participation in top-tier motor racing.
He covered a wide variety of national race and rally meetings for Autosport as a freelancer before joining full-time. His best efforts to argue the merits of historic racing is undone by a questionable taste in music and James Bond actors.
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