Sergio Pérez discreetly reopens his points counter

Sergio Pérez discreetly reopens his points counter
Sergio Pérez discreetly reopens his points counter

Starting from a disappointing eleventh position on the starting grid after qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix confirming the closeness of performance between the teams perceived from Free Practice, Sergio Pérez then completed a race in which, in his own words, the team “wasn’t able to maximize the car’s potential, at least on my end”arriving at the finish line only three positions higher than at the start, in eighth place.

A position meaning that the Mexican driver only scored four points at the end of the Barcelona race and that he is thus faced with a difficult situation, because his teammate managed to get victory against a McLaren by Lando Norris, although generally considered faster.

This complicated Grand Prix is ​​a reminder of how important qualifying is for someone who had already had a difficult time last year in this exercise during the second half of the season. But, while Pérez regularly offered a Sunday overtaking festival as a rescue, the fact of now coming up against stronger competition from Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, in particular, makes things much more difficult.

“We struggled a bit with the pace today and it was very difficult to overtake someone in the first stint, especially in the dirty air”he notes, helplessly. “I was managing my tires and I was in a DRS set. I think that ultimately compromised our race and we had balance issues on the soft tire which made things more difficult than expected… “

“We opted for a three-stop strategy. Our Saturday was the main problem, and I’m quite disappointed because we weren’t able to maximize the potential of the car this weekend, at least in my opinion. I think Max did a fantastic job to get the win. I learned some good things this weekend for the coming weeks and I hope we can be more competitive and come back strong in Austria. I have to help the team have perfect weekends, because the season promises to be very competitive…”

Anyone who, unlike last year, does not have to worry about his contractual position within the team for the coming season, will now have to quickly regain control of a situation that has escaped him for three GPs, when of which he only scored a total of four points, making him 11e driver only to have registered the most over this period, tied with… the two VCARB drivers, Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, and having significantly lost contact with second place in the championship, disputed between Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

VIDEO – The summary of the Spanish GP

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