The Hungarian Grand Prix starting grid has gone in Mercedes' favour. The Anglo-German team will start from the first line, with Lewis Hamilton who is once again the pole man and Red Bull had to settle for the second line, with Max Verstappen in third position and Sergio Perez starting the race from the fourth position.
Asked if he felt frustrated by this placement and if he could aim at a pole, the Mexican said :
“Obviously there are times I which you could but this is not the case. This is a circuit in which taking the corners is very important, as there are many more to follow. We knew that Mercedes would have been strong on this track so we have to put a lot of pressure on them.”
Una lástima que no pude dar mi última vuelta en Q3, tenía mucho tiempo por mejorar y tener una mejor calificación.— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) July 31, 2021
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Then he was asked what has happened on the track and if he thinks Red Bull can have enough pace and strategy to keep fighting for the first position during tomorrow’s race.
“We have different strategies and we want to have a good time” – Perez says.
“My first lap wasn’t great so I felt like I had plenty left, unfortunately, everything was too tight – he explained – I had a Mercedes ahead, I had Max who was in the car ahead so obviously I had to respect him and I couldn’t have the final lap. We have to be focused on tomorrow and hopefully we will have a good start.”
What could he do more? “I don’t know, I still have to review that – he says – I felt I was very slow in my final lap. I could have done much better but unfortunately we didn’t have to do it in our final lap”.
It is important to remember that Red Bull is applying some updates on its cars since Free Practices so the media asked Perez how he felt inside that. “I felt good, I could easily adjust to the updates. Looking forward to tomorrow. We are going to be pushing harder Mercedes.”