Sergio Perez give assessment of Fernando Alonso after titanic late-race battle in Brazil

Sergio Perez was pipped on the line by Fernando Alonso and finished fourth at the 2023 Brazilian GP


Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was full of praise for Aston Martin‘s Fernando Alonso’s race-craft following their tight battle in Sunday’s 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Starting from ninth on the grid at Interlagos, Perez picked up two positions at the start before the red flag was brought out following an opening turn pileup involving Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen.

Once the Brazilian GP got back underway, Perez settled in behind the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell for the first quarter of the race, before jumping both of them into fourth after the pit stops.

Perez then set off after Alonso for third, with the pair enjoying a titanic battle that was settled in a drag race on the last lap of the race, with the Spaniard just prevailing by +0.053s.

“It took me a while to get through the Mercedes, and basically, that damaged my race,” Perez explained to the media. “After that, we were always on the backfoot with Fernando.

“We were chipping away from him toward the end we came really close to getting the podium, but I have to say well done to Fernando because it was a great fight, very fair racing.

“And that’s something really good because hard we raced each other always with a lot of room. Fernando will always try to play any game, but he will always be fair.”

Sergio Perez overtakes Mercedes’ George Russell in the 2023 Brazilian GP | Mark Thompson/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Happy with Brazilian GP performance

Despite missing out on his first podium since September’s Italian GP, Perez enjoyed a good weekend at Interlagos, picking up valuable points in his battle with Hamilton for second in the drivers’ championship.

Perez outscored Hamilton in both the Grand Prix and the Sprint Race on a weekend where Mercedes were off the pace, as well as suffering from cooling issues which brought Russell‘s race to an end on Lap 59.

With Hamilton finishing a distant eighth, Perez‘s gap over the seven-time F1 world champion in their battle for runners-up honours is now 32 points heading into the Las Vegas GP, the penultimate race of 2023.

“I think the pace has been there for the last few weekends, but for some reason or another, we haven’t been able to put it all together,” added Perez

“I think it’s just a matter of time before it will come. It’s a good weekend on the championship [front] because we’re getting closer [to] that second spot.

“Now let’s look forward to Vegas, which I believe [is] just a matter of time before we are able to show what we got.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
- Advertisment -


Liam Lawson prepares for free practice at the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix | Peter Fox/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull bosses agree on Liam Lawson F1 prospects in 2025

Christian Horner and RB CEO Peter Bayer refused to back Liam Lawson's prospects for a full-time Formula 1 drive...
Carlos Sainz looks on at the 2024 Monaco GP | Ferrari

After Carlos Sainz’s Mercedes denial, why does his future remain an enigma?

Ferrari swinging the axe on Carlos Sainz's career in scarlet must have stung, but the Spaniard at least had...
Charles Leclerc dives into the Monaco harbour | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Where does Charles Leclerc rank 2024 Monaco Grand Prix win?

Charles Leclerc is a race winner for the first time in almost two years as the Ferrari ace crushed...
Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

What we learned from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix may not have served up a classic, but it wasn’t short on storylines as...
Sergio Perez talks to his engineer Hugh Bird and team principal Christian Horner in the garage | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Look away Checo – Horner praises Perez’s F1 rival as star fights for Red...

Christian Horner insists Red Bull will make a decision about Sergio Perez's Red Bull future "in the fullness of...
Max Verstappen during 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Winners and Losers of 2024 Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc vanquished his Monte Carlo demons to finally take victory at his home race, while Red Bull continued...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Monaco GP 2024

Charles Leclerc was in dreamland as the Ferrari driver finally celebrated an elusive victory at home race at the...
Josef Newgarden drinks his milk after winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: James Black

2024 Indy 500 Race Results

Josef Newgarden joined an elite group of drivers by winning the Indy 500 for the second consecutive year in...
Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Amber Pietz

Newgarden takes sensational Indy 500 win after epic battle for glory

The Indianapolis 500 never fails to excite and even a four-hour rain delay couldn't dampen the drama for IndyCar's...
Tom Blomqvist crashes in Lap 1 at the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Aaron Skillman

2024 Indy 500: Results and Highlights as Newgarden wins

Welcome to this Total Motorsport live blog for the 2024 Indy 500, is among the most prestigious motorsport events...
- Advertisment -