Perez targets qualifying gains in 2024 as “Sunday kind has been extremely, extremely strong”


Sergio Perez has reported his race working day kind was “very, extremely strong” in the course of the 2023 period and a crucial purpose why he scored the runner-up location in the championship.

The Crimson Bull RB19 dominated vehicle, but Perez constantly struggled with it in qualifying. He claimed two poles, but only built the entrance row of a grand prix on two other events even though workforce mate Max Verstappen was on pole twelve instances and his typical setting up posture of three.two was drastically much better than Perez’s nine.three.

“I believe the Sunday kind has been extremely, extremely powerful this yr. Which is the only purpose we completed P2 the championship,” he reported following the period-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “Definitely Saturdays have been extremely tricky this period and it is one thing we have obtained to perform on and make confident that we choose a equipment there and we enhance for upcoming yr.”

Two times following climbing from ninth to fourth in Abu Dhabi, Perez was back again on keep track of for the submit-period examination working day in which – with no new vehicle components to examination – the concentrate was all on progress specification tyres and bettering his have driving.

“It’s so a lot finding out, so successful as very well,” he reported. “It was superior and essential to set in the time and it is been a further successful working day. Specifically coming out of a race, every little thing is actually contemporary.”

Perez was fourth swiftest in the examination, .322 seconds off the speed but .951s more quickly than Method E winner Jake Dennis who drove Verstappen’s vehicle.

“It is extremely essential to be capable to have these kind of times with each other with the workforce, due to the fact we get some research to hone, that we are capable to perform on and be successful,” Perez included.

“It’s been dominant for Crimson Bull, indeed, but it was really difficult for me. So it is what it is. I’m confident we’re likely to have a good vehicle once again upcoming yr. Ideally a minor little bit nicer equilibrium on my facet, and ideally we can preserve this domination likely as a workforce.”

Perez valued the examination working day especially due to the fact of the absence of in-period tests that F1 now has. Obtaining the similar prospect before in the period could have built his championship “a great deal unique,” he thinks.

“Obviously these times you really don’t have any tests. And even in the tests, you are so limited with the factors you can participate in on and with the time and with the tyres.

“But over-all I’m grateful for the tricky period I experienced due to the fact it taught me a great deal about the vehicle, about the philosophy in Crimson Bull, comprehending a great deal far more the strategy of the vehicle, and I actually hope that this will fork out off upcoming yr.”

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