The first day of on-track action at the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix has already started and we have seen some surprises. In the first free practice session, Valtteri Bottas took the lead with Max Verstappen just 8 tenths of a second behind the Finnish driver’s time. As usual, the Dutch driver complained about vibrations in his tyres, in addition to the fact that the Belgian circuit is one in which tyre degradation is extremely high due to its long extension of just over 7 kilometres. During the second free practice session, Max finished as the fastest driver with a time of 1:43.711, while, surprisingly, Daniel Ricciardo finalized in second position just 0.048 seconds behind his former teammate. A driver and a team who went unnoticed on this first day were Sergio Perez and Racing Point. The Mexican driver had an impressive performance in both free practice sessions, in the morning session, Sergio positioned himself in P4 with a best time of 1: 44.629 and 22 laps under his belt. Hours later, the Mexican was fifth with a best time of 1: 44.137 and one more lap. Here we present the most important statements made by the Racing Point driver.
“I felt really good in the car today and we can be happy with a positive Friday programme. I’m excited to go away tonight and see if we can find a few extra tenths in the car and fight for a strong starting position for the race – I think we’ve shown today we’re certainly capable of that. We can be optimistic considering our pace in the short and long runs today.” The Mexican driver commented.
“Like everyone else, the red flag late in FP2 means it’s harder to figure out the pecking order, but I’m confident we’re in a good place right now. We didn’t get any truly wet conditions, so we’ll have to see what tomorrow brings. I think we’re better prepared for wet conditions than we were at the beginning of the season, so we’re ready for whatever tomorrow brings.” Sergio added.
He seems very confident and he is ready to fight for a position on the second or third row in tomorrow’s qualifying. He has been one of the drivers who always is expected to fight for higher positions than 11th. Where do you think Perez will end up finishing on Sunday’s main race? Let us remember that there is a 75% chance of raining so we might see something interesting.