Sergio Perez believes his preparations for his second season with Red Bull have been an improvement on his first winter with the team.
The Mexican made solid progress throughout the 2021 season in the RB16B, finishing fourth in the drivers' standings with a win and multiple podiums to his name.
Red Bull's hierarchy rewarded Perez's performances with an extension to his contract, allowing the two-time race winner a chance to partner Max Verstappen in the first season of F1's new era.
Asked how preparations had differed entering his second year with the Milton Keynes-based team, Perez replied: "It is a lot better, definitely, to be in a second year with the team.
"Arriving and already knowing who to speak to, knowing how the car felt last year and how it is like this year.
"It is really enjoyable to do a second year with the team and I'm looking forward to these new regulations."
Horner expects "good year" for Perez
Perez tested for Red Bull on days two and three of the initial pre-season outing at Barcelona last week, completing 78 and 74 laps respectively after Verstappen had clocked up 147 laps on the opening day.
Speaking after the initial running in Spain, Horner said: "With such a big regulation change it’s even more fascinating this year.
"We’ve got a great team and we’re fully motivated coming into this season. Max felt the car was good to drive.
"It is going to be a good year for Checo, now he is in his second year with us and is more familiar with the team.”