Sergio Perez was disappointed after being knocked out in his second debut for Red Bull in the second half of qualifying for the Bahrain GP, but the Mexican is convinced that his car has the pace to breakthrough in the standings and win a lot of points.
Perez admitted on Friday that he does not feel the best about his car and still does not feel natural driving it. Last year's Grand Prix Sakhir winner believes he made progress in the last free practice and qualifiers but failed to reach his maximum.
In the middle mix of tires in Q2, he failed to achieve a result like his teammate Max Verstappen, who achieved pole position, and he emphasized that he was also disturbed by the traffic on the track. He will start the race as eleventh and will have a free choice of tires.
"It was an advantage to drive on a medium, but today we did not manage to use it, so I am a little disappointed." "I look forward to the race, I will try to give even more of myself. I learn with every day spent in the car.
Between the third free practice and the qualifications, we had a minor mechanical problem that helped me understand the car and I think I was better in the qualifications, ”said Perez.
"We had a lot of traffic problems and similar difficulties that we could not solve.
The weekend was tough. In Bahrain, you can get one good lap, after that the wind changes and the tires run out completely." "The weekend was not easy, but in the qualifications, I managed to get to know my car better ", Perez added Verstappen demonstrated that Red Bull in their best edition is capable of beating Mercedes and with an excellent edition in qualifying, he managed to achieve two pole positions in a row for the first time in his career, after being the fastest in qualifying in Abu Dhabi, the last race last season.
It also gives Perez hope that he can progress in the race. “We have a good pace for the race, so I should be able to break through the standings and score a solid amount of points. The result in the race is the main goal ", the Mexican concluded.
We’ll see if Verstappen justifies his role this season and how he handles the pressure. Perez admitted on Friday that he does not feel the best about his car and still does not feel natural driving it. Last year's Grand Prix Sakhir winner believes he made progress in the last free practice and qualifiers but failed to reach his maximum.