Sergio Perez believes he should have been in pole position for the Emilia Romagna GP in Imola where Lewis Hamilton was the fastest for Mercedes, and he blames a minor mistake in the last turn for that. Red Bull won second and third place in the qualifiers for the second race of the season, and Hamilton in Mercedes was only 0.035 s faster than Perez and 0.087 s ahead of Verstappen.
For Perez, this is the best qualifying result in his F1 career since 2011, and his best result so far was his third starting place in the rainy qualifiers for the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix when his teammate Stroll started from pole position.
“What a huge result for us, it definitely feels good to know I could win the race,” Perez said enthusiastically. "There are a lot of positive things in today's performance, but I made a small mistake in the last turn, I was so close to the pole position."
Perez is happy about his race
"I can't believe this is my first start for Red Bull from the starting lineup because I started in Bahrain in the box from the front row!" "It just shows how much effort we put into this as a team and it pays off."
"As for the race, Max and I are, of course, on different strategies, I'm starting on soft, and he's on medium so I think we'll have a good race ahead of us, especially since we can put pressure on Mercedes."
"This is a great result for us, but we must not get carried away with it. I know we have a lot of work to do and it is important that we continue to make progress. ” Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner praised his new driver, who is already very close to Verstappen in the second qualifiers in the new team, with whom Albon and Gasly have struggled for the last two years.
"Sergio is doing really well and this is his best starting position in Formula 1," said Horner. "With the minimal time he spent in the car, he does a great job and fits in very well with the team." “We are in a good position and we have drivers on different strategies. We have several options that we will work on in order to achieve the best possible result in the race. ”