The race for the world title, at this moment, is still fully open, but the focus is on Red Bull, with Ferrari losing many important points in the last few races - despite having shown that they have one or perhaps the most competitive car of the grid.
Verstappen is currently leading the championship with 258 points, while Sergio Perez currently has scored 173 points, just 5 less than Charles Leclerc who is second behind the Dutchman.
During a media session in Hungary, Perez explained what has affected his season so far:
“I think what has been really killing the first half of my season were the DNFs to be honest," the Mexican pointed out.
"Without those my championship would’ve been a lot different to what it is now, but overall I think there are still a lot of positive things to focus on from this half season.
Then he was asked how he would rank his season – until now -- compared to past ones and reffered to how the Championship is still very open right now:
“I think this one is pretty high up there.
“I think it's been a very good first half of the season, very complete, putting good races together, good results, of course good consistency,"
"I think at the moment the championship is still very open, so we have to keep pushing. Ferrari has been a bit faster than us in the last couple of races, so we just have to keep pushing hard. Anything can happen.
"I think after we return, the season will get underway very quickly, so we will see after three or four races after the summer break where everything is at and hopefully by then, I will have been able to close the gap," Perez added.
🗣 "We will push hard and try to deliver a stronger result in the final race before the summer break and get back to the level we have been at consistently this season." #HungarianGP | @SChecoPerez 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/jrjYtetLLK— Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 27, 2022
He showed better performances on “unconventional circuits” as Baku and Monaco, but according to him there’s no particular reason, he just felt finer with the car:
“I’ve been more at home with the car, let’s put it that way, than in recent weekends, but there is nothing that really stands out,” he explained.
“I think we should be able to sort it out quickly and get back on the form we’ve been in the whole season, basically."