Sergio Perez admits to being ‘angry with himself’ after a mediocre P16 starting position for Canadian GP

Sergio Perez had a horrendous outing during Montreal qualifying.

Sergio Perez admits to being ‘angry with himself’ after a mediocre P16 starting position for Canadian GP

Sergio Perez (via IMAGO)

Sergio Perez has not had the best of times since signing the two-year contract extension with Red Bull. During the recent Canadian GP qualifying session, he was knocked out in Q1 and after the horrendous outing, he cut out as an extremely frustrated figure.

During the Q1 qualifying session, Sergio Perez was only able to manage a time of 1:13:326 which was even slower than the Alpine of Pierre Gasly. During the final moments of the session, Perez was in P15, but was, however, knocked out by Williams driver, Alex Albon.

Perez feels Red Bull has a mighty job on its hands around fixing the issues with the RB20.

There are some fundamental issues that we need to address, understand, and figure out, to make sure we are able to improve in the coming races. I am angry with myself; we are a team and it is not an ideal time for us, but we have full focus on tomorrow and hopefully we are able to save something and score some points.
Sergio Perez said in the post qualifying interview

The 34-year-old has made it known that according to him, some fundamental issues with the RB20 need immediate addressing. Moreover, he has also admitted that he is not at all pleased with his performance in the intensely contested Montreal qualifying session.

Helmut Marko’s take on Sergio Perez’ qualifying performance

While Perez has blamed the issues on the RB20 for his Q1 exit, Red Bull team advisor, Helmut Marko has asserted that the Mexican was the one responsible for his disappointing outing. Marko genuinely feels that the six-time Grand Prix winner was not able to extract the maximum out of his package.

Helmut Marko
Helmut Marko (via IMAGO)

Max Verstappen is slated to start the Canadian GP in second place after a strong qualifying performance.

It's not the car, you can see that with Max. I think it's more psychological. It was close, and when the conditions change, he finds it much more difficult. But the fact that it's already the third time (not in Q3) is painful.
Helmut Marko Via ServusTV

The 2024 F1 season is slowly starting to follow the narrative that Sergio Perez’s 2023 campaign followed. After kicking-off the ongoing season strongly, Perez has once again started to see a massive dip in his performances. If this continues in the upcoming events as well, then he will most definitely come under immense scrutiny. As far as the upcoming 70-lap Canadian GP goes, it will be about damage limitation for him.

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