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Perez feels less comfortable in RB18 after changes

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks to the media in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 07, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez stated that he began feeling less comfortable behind the wheel because of the changes made to the Red Bull Racing RB18 car.

Perez is having a strong first half of the season. The Mexican had 6 podium finishes in 10 races and won the Monaco GP. Perez is currently 2nd in the Drivers’ Championship with 147 points scored. He admitted that he got used to the car quicker than a year ago.

“Last year’s car was a great car but it [required] a very unique driving style. You had to adapt to it,” Perez said.

“I managed to do so, but it took me a while. I came here with no testing and straight into it in regulations that had been there for a while. So that was hard. Starting from zero [this year], I think that that’s been quite helpful.”

However, Perez revealed that he is not feeling at ease after the changes Red Bull have made to the car.

“I think the development of the car has been… I haven’t been as comfortable with it as I was in the beginning, let’s put it that way. So I think I’ve got some work to do to understand what’s going on and hopefully have a more straightforward weekend here in Austria.”

At the same time, Perez said that he was not in a good form in Britain following the crash he had in Canada, where he hurt his neck.

“It’s just going away from me in terms of how comfortable I was in the beginning. But saying that I’ve had only two races, last weekend I wasn’t up to it, I was feeling pretty bad. So this is the first weekend where I will see, really.”


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