Sergio Perez can empathise with Ferrari over their recent mistakes, in light of much discussion over the Scuderia’s strategic errors in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Despite starting from P2 and P3 on the grid, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc slipped back during the race. For Sainz, slow pit-stops were a factor, and the Spaniard eventually finished in fourth.
In the case of Leclerc, the Monegasque had looked to be in contention for the victory following a strong opening stint, during which he found himself in the lead ahead of Sainz and pole-sitter George Russell.
However, Ferrari opted to react when a fast-charging Max Verstappen pitted first during the second round of stops, and as such brought Leclerc in. His F1-75 was fitted with the Hard tyre, which proved difficult to warm up.
Leclerc consequently fell behind Verstappen and Russell, who were both running the Mediums, and was ultimately brought in for a third stop to switch to the Soft tyre, meaning that he ended the day down in sixth.
Perez: These things can happen
When asked whether he has been surprised to see the errors that Ferrari have made, Perez suggested that such mistakes can happen to anyone.
“I think always, after the race, it’s very easy to point [the] finger and say, ‘What a mistake they’ve [made]’,” Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“But in the heat of the moment, we are all prone to make those mistakes.
“We live in such tiny margins that these things can happen.”
Red Bull not taking anything for granted, says Perez
While the race in Hungary proved to be a difficult one for Ferrari, it was a good day for Red Bull.
Verstappen claimed his eighth victory of the season, further extending his lead at the top of the World Championship standings, and Perez progressed from P11 on the grid to finish P5, further adding to the team’s significant tally in the Constructors’ Championship.
However, Perez insists that the squad are not taking anything for granted as F1 enters into its summer break.
“It’s good, but we’re not taking anything for granted,” the Mexican added.
“We are aware that the last couple of races have been difficult on our side.
“Things have changed a bit in the car, so we have to understand everything and just come back a lot stronger for the triple-header.”