Checo is getting more used to his Bull and delivering good results. Today he recovered some places and moved from 8th place up to fifth.
Perez jumped Sainz and Ocon on the opening lap to take 6th. From there, his race was heavily compromised as he got stuck behind the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo. Eventually he got through on lap 47 with a brave move around the outside into turn 1 on the Australian.
“This isn’t an easy track to overtake on which made for a tough race. We had a good first lap and made up some positions but it took me quite a long time to get past Daniel. The McLaren was extremely fast on the straights so it was really hard to try a move but we made it work around the outside of Turn 1. I knew what I had to do, I pushed on and managed to make it work but we didn’t have much tyre life left afterwards so it was tough.”
He also talked about how he felt with the machine and the future races.
"I’m getting more confident with the car now and every time I get to the end of a weekend, I think, ‘I wish the weekend was just starting now.’ Also every circuit is different so what I learn here will be different to what I need in Monaco but the main thing is that I am still adapting and hopefully soon we can be 100%. I am excited for Monaco, especially with this car as historically it’s been competitive and I think we have a chance of winning.”
Pérez is concentrating on the future and chances of getting to the podium again, which could be his first as a Red Bull driver. Both him and Christian Horner are focusing on Monaco and finding ways to catch up to Mercedes.