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Pérez “wasn’t there today” as mistakes leave him P12

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 18: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Pitlane during the red flag delay period during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson). Credit: Getty Images

Sergio Perez didn’t have the best day at today’s Grand Prix in Imola. The Mexican drove from second place to twelfth. Several spins and many driving errors characterized the day for the Red Bull driver.

Starting in the safety car phase, when Perez overtook two cars without permission when he left the track earlier. For this he got a 10-second stop/go penalty.

On lap 38, after the restart, he went into the gravel and was relegated to 13th place. After that, he could only move up to 12th place.

“I’m very, very sorry first of all to my team because I wasn’t there today,” said Perez, who also survived a second off-track moment at Rivazza a lap after his Villeneuve escapade. “There were very poor conditions which meant that I struggled to put any temperature into my tyres, so therefore the car was very difficult to drive. In the Safety Car I went off and came back and I got the penalty for that, which meant I lost the position to Norris and that made things tricky. Then at the end, we should have finished on the podium but then I made that mistake – and that was very costly.”

Christian Horner regrets Sergio Perez’s mistakes today, but also knows that the team outscored Mercedes 25 to 19 today. But more points for the team would have been possible.

“It was tough for him. He had such a good Saturday and then the race just didn’t go his way this afternoon, a couple of little mistakes, particularly the spin… So tough for him. We should have taken a lot more points out of Mercedes today. But he had good pace in the race and there’s still a long, long way to go.”

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