It was a difficult day today in Monza for Red Bull driver Checo Perez. Starting from the 15th place after a penalty for changing different components the Mexican was recovering until an overheating disc compromised his race after his first pitstop.
In spite of the difficulties, Checo, now running third in the championship 9 points behind Leclerc, managed to finish sixth right behind Lewis Hamilton.
Talking to the media after the race, including MotorLAT, the Mexican could not hide his frustration and explained how the front right disc compromised his possibilities for the race.
“It was very frustrating my race. It was compromised very early with the front right disc being on fire basically and we have to anticipate quite a lot the stop and that meant that compromised the whole race basically, and then when I was in the hard we had to manage massively the brakes because it was very critical at that point because otherwise we could have lost them. We saved everything not to compromise. In the end, we boxed thinking we were going to get Lewis on the soft but unfortunately the safety car meant we didn´t get the chance.”
Instructed from the pitstop on what to do, Perez starting losing lap time after the first stop.
“I was losing a lot of lap time everything just got compromised on that first stint.”
On the safety car at the end of the race, Checo believes it came at a bad time.
“It was there unfortunately at the wrong point.”
Perez did not give his opinion on finishing the race under SC but explained he believed it was going to be removed faster than expected.
“It was looking like it was going to be removed fairly quickly but it didn´t happen so I don´t know. I need to watch back the race.”
Next stop is Singapore and Checo is looking forward to the unique track.
“Looking forward, it´s a very challenging track unique track, unique place, so looking forward to it.”