Red Bull‘s Sergio Perez will start last in the Australian Grand Prix after an unfortunate first lap in Q1 saw him lock his right-front wheel and shoot into the gravel. The incident comes after Perez joined FP3 20 minutes late, leaving him over half a second down from team-mate, Max Verstappen. According to the Mexican, the issue is related to the brake balance moving forwards when he was braking, a problem that they thought they had rectified after encountering issues in FP3. Perez said that he hopes to be able to “minimise the damage” tomorrow and recover to a top position.
It is the second time in a row that Red Bull has failed to get both cars to Q3 after Verstappen‘s driveshaft problem left him 15th for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, Perez expressed confidence in his team’s ability to “overcome this problem” and hoped for a strong race pace. However, Perez is not optimistic about his chances of overtaking on the circuit, suggesting that “it’s going to be a difficult track to overtake” despite the addition of a fourth DRS zone to the Albert Park circuit.