Red Bull Formula 1 Teammate Max Verstappen Taken Overwhelming victory at Autodromo Hermanos RodriguezLeave Perez to the challenge Mercedes Rival Hamilton is second.
When Mercedes took him to the pits, Perez sat within two seconds of Hamilton and urged Red Bull to continue its strategy for a long time and open up a tire life advantage of 11 laps.
After pitting, Perez took advantage of the new tires, reducing the 9-second gap to less than 1 second into the closing lap.
However, both he and Hamilton were suffering from wrapped traffic, so he couldn’t get it done despite the late billing.
After the race, Hamilton told Perez that “there wasn’t much left on the tires at the end,” and predicted that “I think he’s done with another lap.”
Perez admitted that he was disappointed that he didn’t beat Hamilton in second place, believing that Red Bull had the pace to dominate the top two positions.
“It was really close,” Perez said.
“There was a lap where it was very important to do an undercut. Obviously they pitted that lap so we did the opposite and we went long.
“The wrapped car was a little tricky. I think we all lost some time there. It was really close.
“Given their linear speed they were really strong, it’s really hard to overtake here. I didn’t have a chance.
“I think I had a pace to finish 1-2 today, so I’m a little disappointed.”
Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B
Photo: Mark Sutton / Motorsport image
Nonetheless, Perez became the first Mexican driver to lead the home grand prix and win the podium in the race, causing a wild celebration at the grandstand.
“Standing on the podium at the Home Grand Prix is very special,” Perez said.
“I wanted more, I wanted to win the race and it would have been great to finish 1-2 for the team.
“After all, we’re so competitive people that we can’t really enjoy it even if we finish in 3rd place, but today is one of the days I have to enjoy. ..
“I just saw the crowd and so many people so happy, and especially on the podium, I was standing on the podium, like everyone who was with me from day one.
“It was very special to me.”
As a result, Red Bull was drawn into Mercedes’ points at the top of the Constructors’ Championship.Polesitter Valtteri Bottas After being tapped by a spin on Turn 1, he failed to score on a second Mercedes car Daniel Ricciardo, Send him behind the field.
Perez is pleased with the recent progress, but Red Bull felt he still had to understand why he fought Mercedes in qualifying in Mexico.
“Yesterday, I was very disappointed because I was able to qualify for the qualifying because I had a good pace with FP3,” Perez said.
“I think I’m having a lot of fun today, but I need to understand what went wrong yesterday, because suddenly it shook and Mercedes was a very strong force yesterday.
“But yes. It’s important today. There are still four races. Things are really tight.”
https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/perez-missing-out-on-red-bull-1-2-at-mexican-gp-a-bit-of-a-shame/6757511/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk “A little disappointing” that missed Red Bull 1-2 at the Mexican Grand Prix