On a Sunday in which Charles Leclerc cruised to victory for Ferrari and staff mate Max Verstappen retired from contention, Sergio Perez mentioned he attained the ‘maximum’ attainable for Red Bull with P2 at Albert Park – particularly presented the Scuderia’s pace.
Perez started off 3rd but before long observed himself scrapping with the Mercedes (beneath) for the ultimate podium spot, ultimately ending five seconds ahead of George Russell – but 20 seconds guiding Leclerc when Verstappen retired from P2 on Lap 39.
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Asked if second was the “maximum” he could have accomplished, Perez replied: “Certainly. I believe Ferrari was super-strong right now, we could not match them at any issue. It’s the very first weekend that they are a action in advance. I imagine we’ve [previously] been seriously near in qualifying, the race. Even yesterday I felt we ended up a tiny little bit closer than we confirmed but I imagine these days they were being on a different amount.
“I believe we also were a little bit also very poor with our equilibrium. We took a little bit of a completely wrong course with the car so I imagine there great is analysis to be accomplished. We ran the two autos a little bit distinct so also there’s analysis to do [there]. I am certain we will find out a whole lot from this weekend for the reason that we appear to be a little bit tougher on tyres than Ferrari.”
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Perez, along with Verstappen, endured problems in the last sector of the monitor and the runner-up, who slid off at the penultimate corner late on, extra that Albert Park’s layout only introduced Pink Bull’s stability issues to the fore.
“I believe it’s section of our situation, I consider Sector 3 is genuinely weak for us. We have to do a whole lot of compromises for that which seriously influences us throughout the circuit, so it shows that that corner in certain, we are quite sensitive [to it] and it is really quick to get it completely wrong.”
Ultimately, Red Bull’s sole finisher – who sits fourth in the standings behind Carlos Sainz (DNF), Russell and Leclerc – was still left ruing the decline of a double podium for his crew as they keep on being 3rd in the constructors’ championship, at the rear of Mercedes.
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“My first stint was fairly weak, in terms of degradation we struggled fairly a whole lot. Then on the tricky tyres, with the Safety Automobile [restart on Lap 27] we ended up a bit unfortunate that we dropped two positions that we recovered later on.
“Great outcome, but sad to say, we lost Max. It would have been wonderful to have a double podium for the group… We have been a little bit as well unfortunate in the 1st handful of races.”