Sergio Perez hasn’t had the best of luck for the past few races. From being a proper championship contender to Max Verstappen, his chances seem to be diminishing. There were a bunch of surprising finishes during qualifying which shocked the crowd. Perez was one of them and perhaps his performance was the worst of the bunch given the car he has.
According to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, Sergio Perez was “lucky” to not get eliminated even earlier in the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying. The Mexican ran wide at turn 5 during his second flying lap in Q2. Due to this, he lost tyre temperature and it didn’t help him in his fight to get out of Q2. Unfortunately, he stayed there whilst championship leader Max Verstappen went on to grab pole position.
According to Christian Horner, the evolution of the track also had its hand in Sergio Perez’s shock exit from Q2. Meanwhile George Russell and Charles Leclerc were also the ones who were dealt with a bad hand in qualifying. Russell will be lining up behind Checo in P12 whilst Charles Leclerc will be out in the back in P19 with a possible pit lane start.
Christian Horner assesses Sergio Perez’s qualifying woes
In an interview, here is what the Red Bull team boss had to say. “He just had a difficult Qualifying and I think he went off and then the tyres cooled down,” Horner told Sky Sports F1. “He was lucky to get through Q1 into Q2 as the circuit was evolving and then the off he had in Q2, it just unsettled him a little and it was unfortunately one of those days for him. P11 leaves him quite a bit to do tomorrow,” he said.
Sergio Perez has a real challenge ahead of him for the Spanish GP. While Max Verstappen starts the race from the front, the Mexican will start from P11 on the grid. If he still wants to remain as a serious contender for the championship, Sergio will have to pick up the pace and prove everyone wrong. There will be a lot of pressure on the Mexican today. It will be interesting to see where he finishes.
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