Sergio Perez targets Canadian GP reset after tricky European double-header

The Mexican saw his 2023 title chances dwindle with poor qualifying preventing podiums in Monaco and Spain

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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez is ready to completely reset his 2023 Formula 1 season after back-to-back disappointments in Europe.

A crash in qualifying at Monaco and 12th in Spain gave the Red Bull man too much to do compared to his teammate, Max Verstappen, who went on to win both races on European shores.

Perez is hoping a cross-Atlantic trip to Canada will be the perfect medicine for his faltering season after a strong start in the opening five rounds.

“I want to reset and go again,” Perez told the media ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. “Monaco was all down to me and my bad mistake.

“Then in Barcelona, a bad qualifying again which was tricky in the damp conditions and we paid the price on Sunday so I’m looking forward to getting back to the form we had in the early season.”

The competition is closing in

Perez was able to recover a poor qualifying in Spain to a fourth-placed finish but it was the only weekend of the year he has struggled.

The Mexican is aware of the closing rivals to the RB19 but still expects wins and podiums to come for the rest of 2023.

Barcelona was the only time I have had difficulties with the car,” Perez added. “I struggled all through the weekend but other than that, I think in Monaco we had the pace to have a good weekend but I did a mistake.

“We should be having a lot of podiums and wins with this car from now until the end of the year. We can see the competition getting closer all the time.”

Rain on race day?

The 2023 F1 Canadian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place after a two-week break from the last race in Spain between June 16-18. The event will be held at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, known for its high-speed straights and tight corners.

Weather forecasts indicate mostly clear conditions on Friday, June 16, with a chance of late afternoon showers, partly sunny weather with a low chance of rain on Saturday, June 17, and a 25% chance of showers on the race day, Sunday, June 18.

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