Sergio Perez says he learned a lot in his first race weekend for Red Bull, especially about the driving style of team-mate Max Verstappen and the way to drive a Red Bull RB16B to get the most out of it. In the first weekend of the season in Bahrain, Perez failed to place in Q3 on medium tires, unlike Verstappen, two drivers of Mercedes and Gasly in AlphaTauri, and in the warm-up round, his car died and forced him to start from boxing.
The Mexican kept his composure and broke through to a fifth place in his first race for Red Bull, and on the eve of the second race of the season in Imola, he is determined to be better in qualifying because he is aware that it is very difficult to overtake on that track.
"I've learned a lot," Perez said. “I learned more about Max's driving style and how to drive a car to get the most out of it. I think that was the most important thing. " "I know what kind of car balance I need over the weekend."
Imola and Mercedes
"I think it will be very close with Mercedes and we will see if the fight with them depends on the track." "It will be interesting to see what we will be like in Imola, on a very different track from Bahrain, and what we will be like in relation to them."
“My goal is to have a good race. I hope that in Imola we will be in the fight for the podium and, I hope, for the victory. Unlike Bahrain, qualifications will be very important because you can hardly overtake here, but I like that.
” Perez also commented on the situation at the beginning of the first race when his car died in the warm-up lap and admitted that he had no idea what was happening. "I had no idea what was going on, but I stayed calm," Perez explained.
"Everything just went off, radio, telemetry, everything was completely turned off and for a moment I couldn't do anything." "I was planning to get out of the car and in that second we managed to start the car.
In the end, I think we were lucky that I stayed in the car and that we managed to start, regardless of the fact that we had to start the race from boxing. "