Sergio Perez, a driver for Red Bull, lost control of his vehicle at the pivotal exit of Parabolica, resulting in a second red flag in the session, which Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz ultimately led. Despite this setback, the minor contact Perez made with the outer barriers was not more than a minor incident, leaving his vehicle with only minor damage after grazing the wall with the rear wing.
Regarding the mishap, Perez stated, “I understeered off on the exit, and in my attempt to maintain control, I came in contact with a bit of gravel, which resulted in the crash.” He added, “The resultant damage doesn’t seem severe; it’s rather small. All we’ve lost, effectively, is a few laps, which isn’t an issue of note.”
Despite the occurrence, Perez didn’t allow it to eclipse an otherwise impressive performance, referring to it as his “best Friday in a while.” He appeared pleased with the RB19‘s performance and its set-up stating, “The car is performing well, and I’m comfortable with it.” By the end of the session, Perez had managed to secure the third fastest time, a mere 0.185s behind leader Sainz. He expressed confidence in the car’s capabilities moving forward, stating his belief that “we are in a good position for the rest of the weekend.”
Concluding his statement with high hopes for the upcoming days, he asserted, “This has been the best Friday in a while for us. I think we found some positive developments with the car, which we are looking forward to demonstrating tomorrow and on Sunday.”
Perez’s teammate, Max Verstappen, had his own views about the session. While he ended up only 0.276s off pace, he believed there was room for “fine-tuning,” despite interruptions during his quickest lap. He admitted,”It’s sometimes a tricky thing around Monza, we have been trying out a few different wing levels and still have to decide on which path to follow.”
Adding further, he said, “We’re still fine-tuning a bit from low speed to high speed, but I’m quite confident we will get there. There’s still a bit of work ahead.” He revealed to have been hindered in FP2, subsequently not being able to get a clear reading on several aspects. “On the short run, I was blocked a bit in sector two and then in the long run, not being able to do a lot of laps didn’t give us a good idea on it.”
Despite the bumps in the road, he remains optimistic saying, “While there’s room for improvement from our end, it’s not been too bad overall. It’s not been the end of the world.”