Sergio Perez revealed that he was close to retiring from the Miami Grand Prix after suffering a sensor fault.
Perez was chasing Carlos Sainz for P3 during Sunday’s race, but suddenly started losing time. The Mexican told the team that he was losing power. It turned out that the issue was caused by a sensor fault. The problem was quickly solved, but Perez was not able to pass Sainz in the end.
“I think it was a sensor issue that we had. It was working well but then when we had the sensor issue we lost like seven seconds in two laps. And then it was just a poor race,” Perez commented on what had happened.
“Even with the DRS I couldn’t get close to Carlos. The deficit on the straight line was quite hard.
“I was pushing really hard to stay close to him on the corners. My tires were overheating so as soon as I had an opportunity, I went for it. It was too dirty off-line. After that I just couldn’t get close.
“We need to keep working hard because every time we’re fighting different issues. Luckily we managed to finish the race. I think at one point it was really close to be over.”