The Mexican player, who got fifth place in the Q1 and fourth in the Q2 struggles to maintain the same pace as that of his teammate Max Verstappen. Even though he managed to secure the fifth spot in the final session, he couldn’t completely keep up with Verstappen.
The current use of the alternative tyre allocation by Pirelli for Monza Grand Prix was clearly hard on all drivers. However, it challenged Perez that led to a spin into the Parabolica tyre wall making him skip a round of vital laps by the conclusion of FP2.
The ripple effect of Perez’s accident transpired in FP3 where he ran a reduced number of laps. This was followed by an oil leak that cut short his session with the team to replace the power unit with a previously used one for qualifying.
Upon being asked if he was content with securing the fifth place, Perez remained optimistic and said, “Yes, considering the situation, missing FP3, basically going blind, I didn’t run new tyres today before qualifying, and it wasn’t an ideal day. But it is what it is.” He attributed the slip in performance to a lack of preparation and affirmed that while they had a promising start, they couldn’t prove their potential.
Perez’s incident, according to him was not really consequential apart from the time the team lost on track. He implies that times like these are unpredictable but did impact the setup of the car for the morning session. To this he added, “And unfortunately, we had issues also with the engine, so we had to change it. Yeah, it was a little bit too much.”
Optimising the car for the three tyre compounds used in the qualifying session was difficult for Perez, especially with the issues he faced. He says, “It’s quite tricky, especially if you have an issue like I did, you go completely blind, and the first time you run the soft tyres is in Q3, and you are always a step behind.”
With hopes of starting the laps without trouble, Perez said, “I’m in the third row, so hopefully I can get into the second row.” He is keen on gaining some positions the coming day without losing any race time or overusing the tyres.
Interesting, he discredited the statement that Ferrari may lack the race pace to take on this Sunday by stating, “Well, it’s not what we’ve seen so far. But let’s see tomorrow. I think it’s a long race ahead.”