Sergio Perez's performance failed to satisfy Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. After picking up damage to his front wing, Perez made an unscheduled pit stop. Having overtaken Fernando Alonso under the Safety Car while heading into the pits, and crash with Magnusen, the Mexican was then hit with two separate time penalties of five seconds.
Additionally, Perez was penalized with four points for his actions. Immediately after the race, Horner spoke out about how dissatisfied he was with Perez's performance. It was clear from the beginning that Perez would not have a 'famous' race.
“It was a shocker of a race for him today,” Horner told Sky, as quoted by crash.net! “It got off to a bad start. He picked up front wing damage, we needed to change it, he overtook Fernando in the pitlane and picked up a penalty, came back out and then divebombed one of the Haases.
The only good thing? We were able to serve the penalty here so he leaves it here in Japan”.
Sergio Perez: It was just a disastrous weekend
Sergio Perez is aware that he has to improve his form as soon as possible.
The performances he has been putting in lately do not inspire any optimism on his part. To begin on the right track, it is necessary that he realizes what the biggest problem is and that he takes the right steps. Apparently, the leaders of Red Bull are not happy with him, and this could mean bad things for him in the future.
"It was just a disastrous weekend,” Perez said. "It all started into turn one with a really bad start and I was squeezed down and I was just a passenger then in a sandwich. I think we carried a lot of damage in the car as well and that just made it a lot harder for us”.
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