Sergio “Checo” Perez finished today´s Hungarian GP in the fifth place between Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
The Mexican driver recovered from Saturday´s bad qualy after he was 11th fastest. It was a positive day for Red Bull considering yesterday, Verstappen was P10 after various problems in Q3.
Checo, explained after the race, that they were aiming for a one-stop strategy and that the last virtual safety car to retrieve Bottas´car stopped him from fighting with Sainz and Russell.
“I think in the middle of the race we were looking good and we were thinking to go for the one-stop so therefore I think we could…we did not quite maximize that stint and unfortunately that didn´t work out as good as we would like and then, at the end, I just lost out by a couple of seconds on Carlos and George. We were much faster together with Charles from behind but unfortunately there was virtual safety car for a bit too long and that did hurt us a bit.”
Perez considers the race was good for him in the terms of the pace they could get out of their car.
“There certainly was a lot of pace, specially, I think with these conditions. We manage to get more pace out of it so it was certainly a good race for us “
Running 3rd in the drivers´ championship only 5 points behind Ferrari´s contender Charles Leclerc, Checo expects a strong come back after the summer break.
“I was certainly more comfortable on this race. We´re making good progress especially on today´s race. Yesterday, in qualifying we understand what we did. So, hopefully, when we come back after the summer break we are in a position to be a lot stronger.”
“That will be critical for us to make sure we are to deliever that.”