Pérez also had a good time in Monza: “We could expect those kinds of fights”

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Pérez also had a good time in Monza:

Sergio Pérez also had a hard time during the race on the Monza circuit. The Mexican managed, after a number of tough battles, to get into second position to complete the first one-two at Monza for Red Bull Racing. Logically he is happy with the result, but Pérez remains critical after noticing problems that returned during Sunday. All in all, he is looking forward to the next race weekend in Singapore, although he is only too aware that a front row start will be crucial there.

While the first half of the season was one of ups and downs for the Mexican, he now seems to have fully recovered. After the summer break it looked like he was back to square one at Zandvoort, but he managed to convert his seventh starting position into fourth place during the race. In Monza they knew it would be difficult because they had to compete with the Ferraris, and Pérez also failed to do well during qualifying. The Mexican took off with the fifth fastest time, while teammate Max Verstappen was right between the two Ferrari drivers in second place. Nevertheless, Pérez was also able to recover during the race on Sunday: in a tough battle with George Russell and both Ferrari gentlemen, he fought his way to the podium.

Pérez also enjoyed the fights and hopes for luck in Singapore

Pérez also emphasized during the press conference after the race that it turned out to be a tough piece of racing. “Basically it was just fighting the whole race. First against Russell, that wasn’t easy.’ In the end, Red Bull’s strategic choices seemed to throw a spanner in the works, as the choice to pit one lap later for a pit stop eventually put him behind the Ferrari drivers. “I decided to keep driving when Sainz went in, hoping I could increase the gap. But then we risked an undercut from Russell, and when I did go in I ended up behind the Ferrari drivers again.’ The Mexican also noted that the Ferrari is very strong on the straights, especially with DRS. “But when Leclerc no longer had DRS compared to Sainz, it suddenly became a lot easier for me. Then I was able to pass it, and there was some contact but luckily we were able to continue without damage. That was also the case with Sainz, but that is to be expected in a fight for these positions.

Satisfaction also predominates with the Mexican, but he remains critical after encountering problems that she killed earlier in the weekend. “I’m very happy, but we had a terrible Sunday in terms of problems that we already encountered in the third practice. Those problems then ruined our qualifying, so I think we would have had a better starting position if it weren’t for them.’ Yet Pérez also notices that a lot of progress has been made during the race, and that was ultimately where he won against the Ferraris. “In the end, we definitely made a lot of progress during the race, and I think we made a good choice about the direction we were going. I suddenly feel a lot more comfortable in the car.’

For the next race weekend, the entire field will head to Singapore, where they can try their luck on a street circuit. Verstappen previously emphasized that it will probably not be easy there, and Pérez also agrees with this opinion. “I also think it will be difficult there, so I agree with Verstappen. Anything can happen on that track, so hopefully we’ll have a strong Saturday.’ The Mexican emphasizes that a starting position on the front row will most likely be crucial to achieve a good result on Sunday. “If you don’t start on the front row, the chances of winning are over pretty quickly. Hopefully we can repeat what we did there last year.”

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