Red Bull’s Perez unhappy with mixed Friday in Monaco

Perez was off the pace of teammate Max Verstappen, who topped the timing charts in FP2.

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Sergio Perez believes an extended debrief will be needed for Red Bull after a difficult opening day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez had a mixed Friday after going fourth fastest in FP1 before losing ground in FP2 and finishing seventh fastest, over a half second down on teammate Max Verstappen who topped the times.

“Yeah, it wasn’t a great day today,” said Perez to the media. “I think FP1 went a little bit better than FP2 the changes we’ve made, I think we have plenty to review.

“I’ll try to pick up the best bits for tomorrow. I think I just need to sit down with the boys and go straight and try to pick up the best data out there.

“Because every millisecond here makes a difference.”

Tyres vital for pole

With Monte Carlo’s infamous lack of overtaking opportunities, Saturday’s qualifying session and getting the tyres at the right temperature will be crucial in determining the outcome of Sunday’s race.

Although Red Bull remain the team to beat, the reigning champions won’t have it all their way as Ferrari, Mercedes and Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin all have a real chance of taking pole position.

“It’s gonna be a real challenge,” said Perez. “Heading into qualifying, it’s going to be an interesting session.

“I think getting on top of the tires and making sure that we put the tires in the right window at the right time [will make the difference].”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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