Sergio Perez has revealed the lack of opportunity to "rest" on laurels in F1 is "what I love the most" about the sport.
The Red Bull driver spent seven successful seasons at the team now known as Aston Martin, helping the Silverstone-based outfit punch well above its weight in the F1 midfield.
Despite being dropped in favour of Sebastian Vettel for 2021, a lifeline was given by Red Bull, with Perez taking his second career victory in Baku on the way to fourth in the drivers' standings.
Asked on the Tag Heuer 'The Edge' podcast if he liked change, the Mexican replied: “I enjoy the fact that you always have to give your 100 per cent when you are in sport at this level.
“You can never rest, no matter whatever situation you are in.
"Let’s say you are in a long-term contract of if you don’t have a drive or you have won a lot of races or are the previous champion, you always have to perform and you always have to go for the maximum every single weekend and try to have perfection weekend after weekend.
“It is what I love the most. The level that we are competing, it is great because you are competing against the very best drivers in the world and the very best teams in the world, so there is no time to rest back.”