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Perez anticipates “tough battle” in qualifying

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 28: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 28, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Sergio Perez believes that there will be a “tough battle” for the Mexico City Grand Prix pole position on Saturday.

Perez was 3rd and 5th in Friday’s free practice sessions of his home Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver was pleased with his performance in FP1 and FP2.

“It was a tricky day to get a read on things, as is typical in Mexico with the altitude, everything is floating around,” Perez said.

“It is very easy to make mistakes in these conditions, so overall I think we had an okay day.

“I think we got up to speed fairly quickly and got into a rhythm, so it should hopefully be quite straightforward tomorrow [on Friday].”

Perez believes that Ferrari and Mercedes will challenge to Red Bull for the pole position in Saturday’s qualifying.

“The tire test means you basically lose FP2, but that’s how it is for everyone, and in FP1 we had a good pace and we seemed to be competitive.

“Ferrari look strong, as do Mercedes, so it is going to be a tough battle tomorrow [on Saturday] in qualifying.”

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