Sergio Perez impressed yesterday, finishing the French GP on the podium, making it his second consecutive top 3 finish with Red Bull’s colors. Nonetheless, the Mexican had to admit he expected more from the weekend.
On the opening laps of the race, Perez looked totally off the leaders’ pace and a consequent gap started to form. Red Bull, therefore, decided to extend Perez’s first medium tires stint to allow him to race on fresher tires and catch up with the leaders in the last moments of the event. The plan worked out perfectly for the Austrian team as Perez managed to catch up with a struggling Bottas and eventually overtake him in the last laps of the Grand Prix.
Although Perez is currently in a positive momentum after scoring a second consecutive podium finish with Red Bull, the 31-year-old revealed he expected more from this French Grand Prix weekend.
“If you take [away] the first laps and the last five laps of my first stint, I think it was a great race. But unfortunately not as good as I would have liked it to be,” Perez said.
Perez already explained his early struggles yesterday, pointing out that the windy conditions combined with Red Bull’s low downforce adjustments for the race made his car “undrivable”. Moreover, with rain pouring over the Paul Ricard circuit on Sunday morning, the track was washed from all the deposited rubber, making the grip levels unpredictable and different from what drivers experienced during qualifying and practice sessions.
“I think when it rained, it really reset the track, and we paid a bigger price for running the smaller rear wing on the car. That did hurt a bit, but it’s part of the game. We lacked a couple of laps to get Lewis as well, but all in all, it’s a good result for the team.”
“As drivers, we only want to win so I just have to keep working hard, continue improving and getting better results with the great car that I’ve been given and get those wins.”