Formula 1 News: Sergio Perez bagged his career’s first-ever pole position at Jeddah. This win was followed by the disappointment of finishing fourth in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday. However, the driver has blamed the result on an untimely Safety Car.
When the lights went out at Jeddah, the Mexican made history by becoming his country’s first-ever F1 polesitter.
And, he intended to follow that up with a victory after leading away from Charles Leclerc. Perez pitted on Lap 15 – one lap before the race’s first Safety Car – giving his competitors the opportunity to pit on Lap 16 and rise ahead.
The Mexican confessed how big a “shame” it was. He added that they got off to a nice start. And, everything felt under control after the first stint.
Formula 1 News: Sergio Perez says the Safety Car engulfed his chance of achieving a position at the Saudi Arabian GP
They had a terrific first lengthy stint, but then they had a problem with the Safety Car, which completely “ruined” their race weekend. And, he thinks there was nothing he could do.
Further, he went on to say that he believes that if you don’t have true luck, you just would not be able to gain a victory in the race. Especially, on crazy tracks similar to this one. It just knocks you down, he continued.
Sergio Perez was scheduled to restart the race in P3 when the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 21. But as Carlos Sainz emerged from the pits on Lap 16, it was discovered that he had bullied his way ahead of him. As a result, Sergio Perez had to give up P3 to the Ferrari driver on Lap 21.
Moreover, Sergio Perez himself said how he also “lost out” to Carlos Sainz under the F1 Safety Car. It was the “worst timing,” coming right after his pit stop, making reclaiming P1 difficult, he added. It was a “shame” he did not get Carlos Sainz on the podium in the end. But, he did not get the chance to.
Formula 1 News: Sergio Perez says Red Bull, as a team, has done a great job and he is “angry,” but proud
However, looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez pushed his disappointment aside to focus on the positives from the season’s second round, which saw Red Bull score its first points of the season.
That day, they made it to the pole yesterday. And, on Sunday, they had the race pace in place. And, unavoidably, Max Verstappen’s win is a huge lift for the whole Red Bull squad.
He added that his team won the pole in F1 qualifying, and gained victory in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. And, even though, he is angry, he is trying to focus on the positives as a team. They did a terrific job. And, he is proud of everyone in Milton Keynes who has worked so hard.