Sergio “Checo” Perez has been facing some hurdles in recent racing seasons, falling out of Q3 six times this season, having only made the cut about four times. Consequently, he has seen his team-mate, Max Verstappen, bag pole position throughout this spell.
While his performance has been improving on race day, Perez has only managed to find himself amongst the top three once at the end of the race during this streak. Openly addressing the issue, Perez pointed out that he may have been overdriving and lacking confidence in the car. Perez declared, “Yeah. Certainly, when you’re not fully confident with the car. I think what happened in Monaco probably brought me a step back and it has taken me some time to fully trust the car the way I was doing it.”
Perez continued, pointing out that unstable conditions could have exacerbated the issue. “And then you add the external factor from the changeable conditions. And then there is a bit more of a discrepancy.”
In an attempt to improve his qualifying struggles, Perez dedicated time at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes base the week before. The Mexican driver reported, “We’ve been doing some good work with the engineers over the week and we have some ideas for here.” He went on to express hope in achieving a more comfortable spot overall and mitigating discrepancies during changes in conditions.
He further commented on the deficit he experienced with the car during previous races. He noted that during a shift in conditions, his limit tends to widen. “The deficit that I’ve been experiencing with the car in the last few races, whenever there is a change of condition, it tends to get wider, this limit, let’s put it that way,” he said. “So that’s been something that has caught us out. I think the last five races really have been some change of conditions in qualifying. So that has really put us on the back foot for it.”
Asked if he believes his efforts shall be reflecting immediately on the race tracks, Perez responded that while nothing in F1 comes instantly, his current position in the world championship is not unfounded. “Nothing is instant in F1 as we know. At the same time, we just have to look back at my season, and if I’m second in the world championship, it’s for a reason. I’ve had a rough patch, it’s true but I also had a great start to the season. So, it’s just balancing out, looking at those good races what worked, or looking at those bad races what didn’t, and just make sure that we make progress weekend after weekend.”