Perez hopeful of Red Bull recovery after poor qualifying

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 04, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sergio Perez hopes Red Bull will be able to fight back on Sunday’s Saudi Arabian GP after a poor qualifying session.

The Mexican qualified in fifth place behind Charles Leclerc. His teammate, Max Verstappen, claimed third place after crashing out of qualifying through the final stages of the session.

The Red Bull driver called the performance “not ideal,” but hopes to fight back in the race.

“Still a lot to play for,” he told Sky Sports. “Tomorrow there is much to play for, it’s a long race so anything can happen. We just have to be on it.

“Not an ideal session, especially come Q3. I just picked up a lot of understeer all of a sudden. I did a sighter lap on the soft and it was all good. The tire is so picky, you have to be in the right spot otherwise the balance is totally different. A shame we didn’t get the lap we were hoping for,” he concluded.

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