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Perez: Missing FP1 “very costly” in qualifying

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 21: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 21, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez believes that the fact he has missed FP1 was “very costly” for him in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Perez did not take part in FP1 on Friday to give Juri Vips the opportunity to drive the RB18 car. On Saturday, the Mexican finished fifth in qualifying. He thinks that lack of practice time affected his result.

“I think it was very costly on our side to miss FP1 because of the way the tires have been behaving this weekend,” Perez said.

“Basically it’s a single lap and it’s been really hard to catch up. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the car, with the tires. The car was just too much on the edge and it just didn’t come.”

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