F1 | Italian GP | Sergio Perez after a difficult Saturday: "The most important for us is the race"
It was not a walk in the park for the Sergio Perez. However, he keeps a positive mindset for the race.
Sergio Perez was the 4th fastest today in Monza. However, due to a grid penalty for changes of components, Perez will go 10 places down the grid. He starts 13th.
Running joint second in the driver’s championship with Charles Leclerc, who will start the Italian Gp from pole, the Mexican is likely to lose the second spot.
After the qualifying, the Mexican driver talked to the press, including MotorLAT, and said he lacked pace on the final run compared to the competitors. However, he explained the focus for the team is tomorrow´s race.
“Well, considering the penalty is not a great day. Also, we lacked pace on the final run everyone seemed to find a bit more than what we did. We were on the free air at the end so a few things we have to review but in the end, I think the most important for us is the race, we´ve done a lot of prep for that, we put the car a lot into the race trim so hopefully that can pay off tomorrow.”
Much has been said on Perez and Verstappen different performances over the last races. The Mexican explained things are constantly evolving in terms of upgrades and vows to keep working hard to make the most of out of the rest of the season.
“Things have been evolving. I´m not making any excuses. The car is quick and I have to make the most out of it so I´m gonna keep working really hard with my engineers to make the most out of it and finish the season strong.”
As regards overtaking tomorrow during the race. Perez believes getting into a train of cars fighting each other could make things difficult.
”I think it´s gonna be difficult if we get into a train of cars fighting each other. That could be potentially a bit of struggle for us. “