Sergio “Checo” Pérez resigned after his eighth place in Imola: “There was not much to do” – La Opinion

Sergio “Checo” Pérez resigned after his eighth place in Imola: “There was not much to do” – La Opinion


After the eighth place achieved this Sunday in the Emilia Romagna Grand PrixSergio “Checo” Pérez has no problem admitting that this has not been his best weekend this Formula 1 season and the Mexican hopes to be able to turn the page to aim to change this result next week in Monaco.

The pilot of Red Bull He was unable to take advantage of the best features implemented in the RB20 and throughout the weekend he had problems both in free practice, as in the classification and finally in the race where the one from Guadalajara acknowledged that he did not have much room for improvement after starting in 11th place.

“We would have finished in the same position, one way or another, perhaps, without a doubt, closer to the Mercedes… A track (Imola) where you cannot pass, a track where continuing is already very complicated, there was not much to do the present day”commented the Mexican after the test that his teammate, Max Verstappen, ended up winning.

The Mexican Sergio "Czech" Pérez was battling issues throughout the Emilia Romanga Grand Prix weekend.
Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez was battling problems throughout the Emilia Romanga Grand Prix weekend.
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“I think our weekend was ruined with the bad grade and the bad day yesterday”summarized the Mexican who with this result saw how he was stripped of second place in the drivers’ classification in 2024 by the Monegasque from the Ferrari team, Charles Leclerc, who completed the podium behind Vestappen and Lando Norris.

“It was good that in the end, without thinking about it, I was very close to Lando (Norris), I was able to stop him a little. We were very close at the end… But yes, I think we were not as competitive as on other weekends. We have to maintain the work and the momentum in the team”“Checo” Pérez added, pointing to the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mexican driver, who this season ends his contract with Red Bull and has not yet defined whether he will renew with the Austrians or if he will have to look for a new team for 2025, explained a little about what he considers affected him this Sunday during the race, seventh calendar test this campaign in Formula 1.

Sergio "Czech" Pérez will have a difficult task this Sunday to try to get into the fight for the first places in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Sergio “Checo” Pérez had a difficult task this Sunday to try to get into the fight for the first places in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, something that in the end he could not achieve.
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“I had a lot of degradation at the back with the hard tire, I tried to change the braking balance, but I didn’t have any margin, not even with the front, I think everything was very hot. “We knew it was going to be very difficult on the hard tire, but we dreamed of a safety car or something that would get us back into the fight.”“Checo” Pérez pointed out.

Now, the man from Guadalajara is in third place with 107 points in the drivers’ classification, which is led by the Dutchman Max Verstappen (161), followed by the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (113). In fourth place appears the British Lando Norris (101).

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