Sergio Perez will start the British Grand Prix from boxing after a poor outcome of the sprint qualifiers when he finished in the last place, and Red Bull opted for a few changes to the car that should make it easier for him to overtake.
Perez started fifth in the sprint qualifiers, but in the sixth lap, he twisted and fell at the back of the standings, damaging his RB16B so he had no chance to break through the standings. The Mexican entered the boxing lap before the end and was classified as last, and Red Bull opted for a few changes to his car which will make him start from boxing.
Honda has given Perez new control electronics and a new energy tank, which are his third examples of these components this season, and since the last Red Bull was supposed to start anyway, they decided to change the settings of the suspension, front brake cooler, and rear wing for a little less downforce to make it easier for him to overtake.
Changing the rear wing, which is a different specification from the one he used in the qualifiers and sprint qualifiers, as well as the suspension and brake cooling intake settings, are a violation of the parc farm rules so Perez has to start from the box.
“Car No. 11: Rear Wing”
"The component has been modified with the approval of the FIA Technical Delegate following a written request from the team, in accordance with Article 34.2 of the 2021 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations."
"But as the rear wing is different from the one originally used by the driver, with changes to the car's suspension and front brake cooling, the car number 11 must start the boxing race according to Article 34.8b of the Formula 1 Sports Rules 2021," reads the FIA.
press release. The changes should allow Perez to overtake more easily thanks to the higher speed he will be able to achieve, and he also started the first race of the season in Bahrain from boxing and finished fifth, just 5.5 seconds behind Norris in McLaren.
Red Bull was supposed to start anyway, they decided to change the settings of the suspension. It is certain that Perez will improve his results later in the season, it is obvious that he can do much better and hope that certain changes can help him and his car later in the season to be better.
His colleague Verstappen has no problems and looks great for now. We recall that The Mexican entered the boxing lap before the end and was classified as last.