F1 | Mexico GP | Sergio Perez secures another home podium with P3: "I think today we could have been a bit higher"
Sergio Perez aimed for a better result at home race but had to accept the third place after a costly pitstop
Home Hero Sergio Perez clinched a third place at his home GP today after an eventful race for him while teammate Max Verstappen broke a new record scoring more victories in a F1 season.
Although he could not score the victory, he and his fans were expecting on home soil. Perez managed to make 5 points gap with Charles Leclerc in their personal fight for the second place of the championship with only two races left.
After the race Perez talked to Marc Gene in fornt of his home crowd and could not hide his disappointment.
“I gave my best you know today at the start. I really, really pushed hard. Unfortunately, we had a little bit of a bad stop, which prevented us to undercut Lewis. Overtaking is so difficult. As soon as I got behind him it was really difficult to follow so I had to stay in third.”
The Mexican driver, however, is happy with the result and accepts passing Russell was key for his podium.
“given how difficult overtaking was today I think that it was key, you know. I thought we were going to be a little closer but unfortunately it didn't work out for us today, but still it's good a good podium in front of this crowd. I really wanted more today but third place, it’s still a good.”
Perez, who was showered with love demonstrations during all weekend talked about his crowd.
“It was always very sweet. Unfortunately, I think today, we could have been a bit higher, you know, we had a better stop. But at the end, I think second or third doesn't really matter. As long as I'm on the podium. It was great to have all these people. They have been amazing the whole weekend. And it was just nice to finish off the weekend with a podium.”
Running second in the Championship standing with 5 points ahead of Ferrari´s Leclerc. Perez believes the numbers can change race to race.
“It can change, race-to-race. For now, I just want to go into the next two and aim for the win. There’s nothing more to lose, so we will try everything. It’s been a very difficult weekend with far too many issues, so we need to put everything together and then I believe we can do the next step.”