Sergio Perez was dispatched from the Red Bull station during the red flag interlude initiated to retrieve Kevin Magnussen’s deserted vehicle. However, having secured the front position at the exit, Perez experienced a more extended wait for the session to resume than what his team had initially projected.
This delay led to a decrease in tyre temperature, and despite a last-ditch effort, Perez ended the session in the 16th spot. A subsequent penalty for Valtteri Bottas helped him climb a spot higher. This is Perez’s fifth consecutive failure to enter Q3 at Silverstone.
“We misjudged the length of the red flag halt, which adversely affected the tyres’ temperature,” Perez expressed in an interview with F1 Flow.com. He lamented the missed opportunity, especially given their commendable performance on Friday and promising race pace. Starting from the rear, he asserted, will necessitate damage control during the race.
Perez confessed that coping with cool weather and a track moving from wet to dry conditions are currently not his forte.
“I find these conditions particularly challenging,” he admitted, adding that these conditions exacerbate his car-related problems. “As a team, we need to comprehend what we can do better in such situations,” he said.
Helmut Marko, Red Bull advisor, agreed that tyre temperature did present an issue.
“We had him [on track] as early as possible due to the potential for rain,” he disclosed to Austrian TV. He admitted that they had failed to account for the delay in recovering Magnussen’s car leading to a complete cooling of Perez’s tyres. This, he noted, was one of the reasons why Perez did not reach peak performance during that lap.
Marko emphasized, “He needs to enhance his qualifying performance overall. This is not an isolated incident.” However, he acknowledged Perez’s knack for delivering solid races and expressed confidence in his ability to amass significant points in this race, aided by their DRS advantage and the track’s overtaking potential.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sergio Perez Silverstone Q1 Exit
What led to Sergio Perez’s Q1 exit at Silverstone?
Perez’s exit was due to an extended pitlane wait during a red flag, which was longer than the team had anticipated. This resulted in a decrease in tyre temperature, leading to his 16th place finish.
Why did Perez lose tyre temperature during the pitlane wait?
The prolonged wait was due to the red flag break, implemented to recover Kevin Magnussen’s deserted car. During this extended period, Perez’s tyres lost significant temperature, impacting his subsequent performance.
Has Perez struggled in similar racing conditions before?
Yes, Perez has admitted that coping with cool weather and transitioning from wet to dry track conditions are areas where he currently struggles. These conditions exacerbate his car-related issues.
What did Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko say about the incident?
Marko conceded that tyre temperature was an issue and admitted they had not factored in the time taken to recover Magnussen’s car, which led to a complete cooling of Perez’s tyres. He also emphasized the need for Perez to enhance his qualifying performance.
Despite the Q1 exit, does the Red Bull team have hopes for Perez’s race performance?
Yes, Marko acknowledged Perez’s consistent delivery of good races. He expressed confidence in Perez’s ability to amass significant points in the race, considering their DRS advantage and the overtaking potential of the track.