Sergio Perez had the race “well under control”, Christian Horner gutted for Mexican after ill-timed safety car

Read more to know how Sergio Perez lost a well controlled race in the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen stole the show by crossing the line first at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix after an intense battle against Charles Leclerc who had dominated the race for most of the part. However, it was Sergio Perez who not only lost the pole position but also finished fourth after an unfortunate incident involving Nicholas Latifi which led to a safety car.

Perez was able to maintain his pole position at the start after a surprising pole position on Saturday. The Mexican appeared to have the race well under control, and he was able to quickly close the gap on Leclerc’s Ferrari. Unfortunately, Perez drooped down to P4 when he drove into the pits right before Nicholas Latifi suddenly lost balance of his car, steering left, causing him to hit the right wall which resulted in a safety car.

The safety car came in as a blessing for Leclerc as he not only was able to take over the lead but managed to drive in a free pit stop and after the green flag was waved and the safety car out of the track, it was difficult for him to move past the Ferrari driven by Carlos Sainz and that was it for the Mexican.

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Christian Horner explains the reason behind Sergio Perez’s pit stop

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

Christian Horner, team principal at Red Bull was not thrilled to see the Mexican lose his position due to a safety car incident and balks for his driver. The reason for Checo’s predetermined lap pit was due to Charles’ undercut range and no one saw the safety car coming but unfortunately on his out lap out came the safety car, ruining a beautifully controlled race.

“Sometimes they can work for you, sometimes they work against you. Unfortunately for Checo, he lost out on that occasion”, said Christian while praising Checo for his amazing drive and keeping the race well under control.

Perez was devasted after the race but he was very pleased with the team’s performance and Max Verstappen’s win. Checo can now confidently approach the Australian Grand Prix after securing his first pole position in Formula One as there are many more races to go, many podiums to win.

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