Sergio Perez saved the day for Red Bull and gave the Milton Keynes-based team a big points haul with his second position.
An incident with Charles Leclerc on the first lap after the restart sent the Mexican to pits and consequently to the back of the grid. Asked about this incident by Jenson Button at the end of the race he said, “I just got squeezed there. I had no room to go. Charles was in my inside, Max was on the outside; my front wing got damaged pretty badly. So, I had to pit to change it went to the last place and recover for there.”
This comeback gave everyone one of the best shows of the race specially after the restart on lap 43 when Checo challenged both Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc. Perez and Hamilton brought back memories from last year´s Abu Dhabi Gp where the Mexican put up a brave fight with the seven-time-world champion. This time on Hamilton´s home soil, Perez emerged victorious and clinched the second place.
About this, Checo, told Button: “It was a great fight with Charles, first of all, then with Lewis. I felt like I had the position and then Lewis was there. Just epic final laps but it was a good fight between us.”
He continued: “It was quite enjoyable. After lap 1 I was down to last. With the contact with Charles I damaged my front wing and it was just a good recovery for us, for the team, to get those points in the pocket.”
“At some point it was looking like a P4, P5," he explained. "Then we got in the mix for the podium and we just went for it.”
About catching Sainz, Perez said “he was too far I think he was three and a half seconds at some point so he was just too far at that point.”
After today´s result Perez is running second in the championship with 147 points behind Verstappen´s 181 and ahead of Leclerc´s 138.