Sergio Perez expressed his disappointment with his performance at the Montreal Grand Prix, admitting that he felt he could have achieved a better result. Starting from 12th on the grid after a poor qualifying session, Perez‘s team decided to adopt a one-stop strategy, beginning the race on the hard tires. Despite making progress during the race, Perez found himself stuck behind the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who also opted for a one-stop strategy but with an initial stint on the mediums. In the closing stages of the race, Perez had enough of a gap to pit for fresh tires in order to secure the fastest lap bonus point.
When asked about his overall performance, Perez acknowledged that there was potential for improvement. However, he felt that the team lacked pace throughout the race and was particularly affected by the timing of the safety car, which did not work in their favor. Perez recognized that luck was not on their side at the moment but accepted it as part of the current circumstances.
In regards to his struggle for pace over the course of the weekend, Perez identified braking as the main issue. He believed that the ride quality of the car was not optimal, leading to difficulties in braking. Addressing this problem and finding a solution became a priority for the team as they aimed to bounce back stronger in future races.
When pressed for more details on the origin of the problem, Perez stated that they were still in the process of understanding it. The team had made adjustments to the tires and set-up in an effort to pinpoint the issue more precisely.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner dismissed the notion that there was a specific mechanical problem with Perez‘s car. He explained that Perez, like other drivers, struggled to generate sufficient tire temperatures. This had always been a strong point for Perez‘s teammate Max Verstappen, but Perez faced difficulties with it. Despite encountering similar issues with the hard tires, Perez managed to resolve them once he had a clear track ahead of him, resulting in him setting the fastest lap of the race. However, Horner admitted that the pace offset required to overtake the Ferraris was not achievable with Perez‘s current performance level.
Overall, Perez‘s disappointment with his performance at the Montreal Grand Prix was evident. He identified braking as the main area in need of improvement and recognized that the team had work to do in order to understand and rectify the issue. Despite the challenges he faced, Perez remained determined to come back stronger in future races and make significant progress.