Inevitably races of attrition bring out the best in Sergio Perez, this time at the 2020 Russian Grand Prix the Mexican veteran claimed fourth place while his teammate crashed out early on in the race.
Perez started from fourth and finished in the same position, surviving some dramatic moments that peppered the sixth running of the race at Sochi Autodrom.
“It was a lonely race out there!” Checo declared in the team report, “We got the absolute maximum out of the car today and P4 was the best result we could achieve, so I’m very happy.
“The first stint was absolutely key. We knew the start would be difficult on the dirty side of the grid, but I was disappointed to lose two places to the Renaults off the line. I think we were very similar on pace to them.
“The fact we were able to conserve the tyre so well in the opening stint and get back ahead of them was crucial – and we did a great job to execute that strategy. We can go into the next race on a real high, and I’m looking forward to getting the upgrade soon and aiming for more great results in the coming races.
“We have a strong car this year and I’m enjoying driving it,” added Checo, referring to the updates bolted onto the pink car of his teammate Lance Stroll.
The Canadian was punted out of contention during a battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer was chuffed with Checo’s result, “A perfectly executed race by Sergio and the team to convert fourth place on the grid into a race result.
“Despite dropping back behind the Renaults at the start, he battled back with a combination of overtakes and strategy to score 12 important points. A very strong weekend from start to finish,” added the Racing Point boss.
Controversy, collisions and cracking overtakes like this one 👀
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