Sergio Perez explained why his sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix was “not ideal,” as the Red Bulls had a poor start and the Mexican failed to overtake Carlos Sainz.


  • Verstappen was overtaken by Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz in the opening lap. However, the Dutchman later recovered and claimed second place.
  • Perez behind him placed P4 and was battling for the last podium spot with the Ferrari’s Spaniard, but he failed to overtake him.
  • The Mexican attributes the race wasn’t ideal as his teammate didn’t perform a great start at the lights out.

What he said:

  • “It wasn’t ideal, because I was behind Max and I think he didn’t have the best start. That’s why the Ferrari came through.”
  • “I tried to overtake him [Sainz] again in the slipstream and I also came close, but then I struggled a bit in the last corner.”
  • “I didn’t get away well and therefore I couldn’t overtake him. Besides, the Ferrari had good speed on the straights and I didn’t want to risk too much to pass him again.”

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