Sergio Perez explains another poor qualifying performance after British GP Q1 exit

The Red Bull driver missed Q3 for the fifth Formula 1 race in a row at the 2023 British Grand Prix


Sergio Perez‘s qualifying woes continued at the 2023 British Grand Prix as the Red Bull driver had a poor qualifying performance for the fifth race in a row.

After a late red flag, Perez was first out of the pit garages but waited for a long time at the end of the pitlane and on a rapidly improving track all but three drivers behind him improved to dump him out of Q1.

It’s after he’s also missed out at the Austrian, Canadian, Spanish and Monaco GPs.

“I think the red flag lasted longer than we predicted initially and that didn’t help with the tyre temperature,” Perez told the media.

“It’s just a shame to lose out because we had a great Friday, the race pace was looking really good. I think starting from the back is going to be another race where we try to minimise the damage.”

Perez made Q3 of the sprint shootout in Austria, starting second and taking the lead at the first corner, but he’s not made the final part of a grand prix qualifying since Miami.

He was out in Q1 at Silverstone with the two AlphaTauri cars, Kevin Magnussen in the Haas and Alfa Romeo‘s Zhou Guanyu.

Sergio Perez on a wet Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at the 2023 Canadian GP | Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Perez and his problem with changeable conditions

Perez‘s exit was similar to his struggles at the Canadian GP, where he went out in changeable conditions in Q2 alongside Charles Leclerc.

At Silverstone he looked visibly dejected post-qualifying and only faced two questions from the media before he was ushered away by Red Bull.

“I think these conditions is where I struggle most with the car, my issues with the car become more apparent in the changeable conditions,” Perez added.

“So I think it’s something that as a group we need to get on top of and understand what to do better.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for and in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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