Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on the podium at the Styrian GP. According to the Mexican himself, he was “only half a lap short” of third place.
The second Red Bull driver was the only driver from the top teams to contest the race on a two-stop strategy. Normally, this plan would have worked, but Red Bull’s pit stop crew botched the first stop, where Perez had to wait almost 5 seconds until he could drive away again. That’s why he was frustrated after the race, because otherwise he would have made the podium.
With 15 laps to go, he pitted for the second time for the Medium tires to overtake Bottas towards the end. On the last lap there was the duel with Bottas, but the Finn crossed the finish line first.
Asked what would have made the difference to take a podium, he said the following: “Half a lap, really! It’s how it is sometimes, the soft was worse than expected, and then we had a poor stop, which meant that we gave the position to Valtteri.”
“But then the team tried to recover with the strategy and, unfortunately, the ending just wasn’t enough, but we just tried our very best.”
“Well, I think it’s very little details now. Just putting everything together will be enough so, there’s a positive bit. Yeah, we are there. We just have to be putting everything together at the right time.”