Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez finished the qualifying session for the Miami Grand Prix in 12th place, failing to make it into Q3 for the third consecutive race. However, Perez was able to move up to 11th place due to a penalty for Carlos Sainz.
Similar to other drivers, Perez initially went out on intermediate tires to set a banker lap before switching to slicks. Unfortunately, he was caught out by the rain that returned and found himself behind Valtteri Bottas on his final lap. Despite missing out on a spot in Q3, Perez did not express frustration with the team’s decision to start the session on intermediates.
Perez explained, “It was basically half a lap too late and the track position was really poor with the Alfa Romeo ahead. And once the tires were up to temperature on the slick, it started raining harder, so we decided to box. Then, when we went onto the inter, it was all a bit too late.” The Mexican driver emphasized that the decision was made collectively with the team as part of their strategy.
Acknowledging that failing to reach Q3 again was not ideal, Perez admitted, “I’m definitely not feeling great, I’m not going through a great moment. But we’ve come back before and the race is a new opportunity to, hopefully, get back to very strong points.” He believes that if they had been able to set a faster lap earlier in the session, the outcome would have been different.
Despite the challenging qualifying session, Perez maintained a determined mindset. He stated, “We just have to keep our heads down and it will come to us. We will try hard to get through the field. It won’t be an easy ask, but we will try everything.” The race presents a new opportunity for him to make up for the disappointing qualifying result.