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Perez: I gave it my all and it paid off

Perez: I gave it my all and it paid off

Perez: I gave it my all and it paid off

Sergio Perez had an impressive 2023 Italian Grand Prix, racing hard from fifth on the grid to take second place behind teammate Max Verstappen, his efforts paying off on Sunday at Monza.

Once again, Perez was off the pace of his teammate in qualifying, 0.381s to be precise, but the Mexican made amends during Sunday’s Formula 1 race at Monza, with a strong performance seeing him overtaking both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc on track after some tough fights with the Ferrari pair.

In the end, Perez made sure Red Bull had the perfect ending to their Italian Grand Prix weekend, following Verstappen hope in another one two for the team.

“It is really satisfying to achieve P2 today and it has been a brilliant day for the team,” Perez said after the race in Red Bull‘s race report.

“Overtaking was really difficult on this track and the Ferraris were very fast on the straights so it was hard to make my way through the field. We had some tough racing, but I fought really hard to overtake and gave it my all and it paid off. We didn’t get to show it yesterday, but it’s been a strong weekend in terms of performance,” he explained.

After being under pressure for some time, as he struggled to deliver the performance Red Bull require of him, Perez believes he has turned a corner following his race in Italy.

“I feel like my form is fully back and I hope we can have a very strong end to the season,” he said. “The team have done a lot of work on the suspension and the set-up of the car and we have made great steps forward here.

“Finally, the atmosphere here in Italy and on the podium was amazing: the whole main straight was packed and it was a great experience.

“Max’s achievement today really is incredible so well done to him: today is his moment,” Perez concluded, hailing his teammate’s record-breaking tenth consecutive win in a row in 2023.

Perez currently sits second in the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Standings, 145 points behind Verstappen and 49 points ahead of Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso in third.