Perez: Getting closer to where we need to be

Perez: Getting closer to where we need to be

Perez: Getting closer to where we need to be

Sergio Perez revealed he is taking steps forwards as to where he would like his performance to be after finishing second at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

For the second week in a row, Perez did exactly what Red Bull needed him to do, and that is to finish second behind his teammate, Max Verstappen.

While Charles Leclerc outqualified Perez in second, the latter did not waste any time making amends and overtook the Ferrari driver early on in the race.

The only threat for the Mexican was a five-second penalty for unsafe release in the pitlane, but he managed to build a gap to Leclerc for over five second thus neutralizing the penalty.

Reflecting on his race in Red Bull‘s post race brief, Perez said: “I think the early safety car compromised our race quite a lot unfortunately, I lost quite a lot going into traffic with Lando and Lewis, around seven to eight seconds.

“We needed to get through that quicker than we did to challenge for the win but other than that it was a strong drive and performance,” he added. “I really feel like we have done the two steps forward that I was looking for this weekend, so we are getting closer to where we need to be.”

The Safety Car that came out after Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll binned his AMR24 at Turn 22, and while that put Perez on the back foot having to pit very early, there was no way he could’ve challenged Verstappen for the win, the latter on a different level out in the lead, managing the pace.

He himself admitted as much, saying: “Max is driving at a super high level and I think he is the only driver who has maximised qualifying and the race so far this season.

“It is great though because I have the best possible challenge in him. I must keep evolving weekend after weekend,” he admitted.

Perez added that he was wary of Ferrari, claiming they will be mounting a tougher challenge at upcoming circuits.

He warned: “The Ferrari has the pace and I think there are tracks where they will be a lot closer to us, they probably didn’t maximise their full potential today and we did.

“Now, my full focus is on Melbourne and getting on top of what we have done here in Jeddah,” the Red Bull driver concluded.