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Perez on British GP qualifying: ‘Another race where we will try to minimise the damage’

Mexican endured yet another nightmare qualifying session at Silverstone

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Sergio Perez has revealed where his qualifying hopes evaporated after qualifying P16 at Silverstone. 

Sergio Perez's strategy of waiting at the head of the queue during the red flag proved to be ill-advised (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool, Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Sergio Perez’s strategy of waiting at the head of the queue during the red flag proved to be ill-advised (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool, Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Perez found himself in the bottom half of the timesheets in Q1, his bad run of form continuing during qualifying for the British Grand Prix. This was again in stark contrast to teammate Max Verstappen, who stormed to pole position.

The Mexican struggled throughout Q1, unable to progress up the order in the changeable conditions. More peril loomed as a red flag came out with just three minutes remaining on the clock.  The cause was the stationary Haas of Kevin Magnussen. While the stricken car was retrieved, Perez lined up at the head of the queue in the pit lane to ensure he finished in the top half of the table when the session resumed.

It became apparent that the conditions on the track had changed during the stoppage, with rapid track evolution seeing lap times starting to tumble. Perez’s initial time for P1 became P16 in a matter of seconds.

Cause of struggles revealed

Speaking post-qualifying to accredited media, including FormulaNerds, Perez was candid about the cause of his Q1 elimination. He blamed the length of the red flag, and targets minimising the damage to his race:  “Yeah, I think the red flag lasted longer than we predicted initially, that didn’t help for for the temperature of the tyre, and, yeah, it’s just a shame to look out, you know, because we had a great Friday. The race pace was looking really good. So I think it starting from the back, It’s gonna be another race where we will try to minimise the damage.”

When asked why he had missed out on Q3 in recent races, Perez revealed that he is struggling in changeable conditions:

“At the moment, It’s not like we know that you you’re not fast enough to get to keep range. It seems to be different factors. I think in in these conditions.

It is where I struggle the most with the car. My issues with the car become more apparent in the changeable conditions. So I think it’s something that as a group, we need to get on top of and understand what we are able to do”

Perez’s unenviable run of five consecutive Q1 eliminations has contributed to an 81 point deficit to teammate Max Verstappen. He has not led a lap since the Miami Grand Prix back in May.

Feature Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool, Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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