“A few things not working as expected,” Sergio Perez reflects on a challenging start to the Australian GP weekend

Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez look backs on a challenging start to the Australian GP weekend.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

With the Australian Grand Prix round the corner, F1 drivers are excited to race in Melbourne after almost two years because of the Covid pandemic. In the Free Practice session that precedes the Qualifying, the drivers get to test their speed on the track and learn about their team’s possibilities. But Sergio Perez, the polesitter at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, seemed upset with his performance in FP2. He admitted that he found the session to be quite “challenging”. He finished the FP2 round in the fifth position, behind both Ferrari’s and Fernando Alonso in his Alpine.

After displaying an enormous amount of talent at Jeddah during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend, Perez expected to clock some good timings during the free practices at Melbourne. But there remain a few changes to be done to his car so that he can chase the Ferraris to become second-time pole-sitter in this 2022 season.

While speaking about his FP2 experience to Sky Sports, the Red Bull driver said, “We did some changes into this afternoon that we need to analyze. A few things not working as expected. A difficult day in terms of mileage but we have good data for tonight.

Sergio Perez also pointed out, “(There is) Plenty to work on to try and understand the direction we’ve taken. We’re talking about a few tenths. We have to understand where we are, we don’t understand what’s going on with the car at the moment.” From his talks, it is clear that he sees some room for improvement in his car for this weekend.

Ferrari has put up a brilliant performance at FP2 in the Australian GP

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Red Bull and Ferrari in F1

Ferrari has been the talk of the town with their all-new 2022 car for quite some time now. At Melbourne, they sent some strong messages to their Championship rivals about how formidable their F1-75 seems on the track.

In the free practice sessions, Ferrari continued to dominate the charts. Carlos Sainz clinched the top position in FP1 while Charles Leclerc came through to the top in FP2. If Red Bull wants to put up a strong fight against Ferrari so that they can go to the top of the grid, close the gap and grasp their second race win of the season, they have to be flawless in their performance, come Sunday. What will happen on Sunday at the Australian GP 2022? Will Ferrari score a double podium finish or will Sergio Perez get his first race win of the season? Only time will tell.

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