Perez sees ‘key’ opportunity to overhaul Sainz in the Belgian GP


Sergio Perez has identified the start as the key to a successful Belgian GP and is aiming to not focus on his out-of-position rivals.

After initially qualifying in third place behind teammate Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, the Red Bull driver will start the race from second after the grid penalty applied to Verstappen.

With the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc also hampered with a grid penalty, the initial battle between Red Bull and Ferrari looks to be between Perez and Sainz.

Speaking after the qualifying hour, the Mexican wasn’t too disappointed to lose out to Sainz.

“I mean, P2 is not the worst place to be around here,” Perez admitted to media.

“I think if I’m able to get a good run through Carlos and it can be different, I can be on the other side of the road [in P1].”

Perez: I will be focusing on my own race

With championship leaders Verstappen and Leclerc starting in P15 and P16, Perez has a big opportunity to bolster his own fading challenge for the title.

Despite the chance of being able to overtake Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings, the Red Bull driver insisted that he will be focusing on his own race.

“I’m looking forward for tomorrow. I think there will be a great race ahead of us,” added Perez.

“It will be very important to get a good start and try to do our own race from the beginning and I think that will be the key for tomorrow.”

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