Sergio Perez was elected driver of the day for finishing fourth in today’s Portuguese Grand Prix. The Mexican driver, however, raised some frustrating points of his race as he found his performance “a bit messy”.
Perez was asked to pursue a very interesting strategy today, as Red Bull let him stay on his medium tires for almost the entire race, in the hope of seeing a safety car come out and win a lot of time, pitting under this procedure.
Even if the strategy did not work out for the Mexican driver, he still had a solid drive as he managed to claim back the positions he lost early in the event. Nonetheless, he thinks his race start was “messy” and admitted not understanding why Lando Norris did not let him pass after overtaking him using the track limits.
His teammate Max Verstappen, as well as Red Bull’s head advisor, Helmut Marko, both, complained about the track limits, the 78-year-old Austrian went as far as to say that the FIA was “juggling with the rules”, considering Norris’ overtake on Perez.
“I made it a bit messy here, everything,” Perez told Sky Sports.
“It started off the line – being on my side, there wasn’t a lot of grip and I went straight into wheelspin so I lost a position to Carlos.”
“Then I recovered the position after the restart, but then I lost it to Lando into turn five. I looked at my mirrors and I thought Lando was totally off the track limit. Therefore, I didn’t fight the position hard enough, thinking that he was going to give me back the place.”
“It’s just a process I guess. And hopefully, very soon I can be at home with the race, with the team, and very much feel with it.”