“Expectations are higher to be in the fight for championship,” Sergio Perez rues bad luck for slow start to 2022 F1 season

Sergio Perez still aims to contend for the title despite a rough and an unlucky start to the season

Disappointed Sergio Perez whose race was hurt by the safety car
Disappointed Sergio Perez whose race was hurt by the safety car

Sergio Perez has definitely not had the rub of the green in the first two races but once he hasn’t lacked is the effort and the knack of digging deep when the chips were down. He could have had two podiums under his belt had he not been so unlucky. He was primed to finish 3rd when he had a terminal spin due to fuel pump issue. Something unfortunate happened in the Saudi Arabian GP, too.

Sergio Perez shocked the world in Jeddah with his blistering pole position. Everyone had their moneys on Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc to secure pole but Sergio Perez announced his arrival with a rapid lap. This was something that Christian Horner must have been pleased to see knowing how much he wants to get his hands on that constructor’s world championship. That could only happen if both drivers are firing on all cylinders.

Max Verstappen might have grabbed all the headlines in Jeddah but it was Sergio Perez’s race to lose in normal circumstances. Sergio Perez, who started the second race of the 2022 season, the Saudi Arabian GP, as the pole sitter, finished P4, as his race suffered massively due to the yellow flag and the safety car, which was brought on after Nicholas Latifi crashed on the final corner of the track. 

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Sergio Perez still aims to contend for the title despite a rough and an unlucky start to the season

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

The Red Bull driver had pitter only a lap before, whereas the other drivers pitter under the safety car. This was a massive disadvantage for him. The Mexican after the race, said, “We had the undercut and the margin that we were looking for, we got it, and things were looking really good, but unfortunately Latifi put it in the wall at the wrong time for me. This is racing. It will come around for us one day, but it hurts.”

“After the virtual safety car, I think I picked up a bit of speed. I came close, but then there was the yellow flags on the finals laps so I had to slow down and I couldn’t do much more.” As quoted by motorsport.

But Sergio Perez is a fighter and hasn’t given up by any stretch of the imagination. He has made it clear that he wants to fight for the title and will continue to do so despite whatever has gone wrong in the first few races.

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