Max Verstappen hits back after Sergio Perez qualifying disaster: ‘Always have to do it yourself’

Max Verstappen gave his verdict after Sergio Perez qualified 19th for the 2024 British GP

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Max Verstappen defended Sergio Perez after yet another failure in qualifying, saying his teammate was unlucky to see his Saturday end in a gravel trap at Silverstone while Dutchman will start the 2024 British GP on the second row of the grid.

Perez ran wide at Copse on damp, drying tarmac and his attempt to rescue the situation only resulted in a red flag as his RB20 pirouetting into a sorry slide backwards into the gravel as he qualified 19th.

Verstappen himself followed suit soon after the restart as rain returned to the tri-county skies but he kept his Red Bull pointing the right way and skipped into the escape road hugging the crash barrier he infamously hit much harder three years ago.

“I try not to think about it, at the end of the day you always have to do it yourself,” Verstappen told members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “I mean, no one is going to help you win a race or whatever.

“You have to go out with your own strength and of course it was super fortunate to lose Checo in Q1, from my side tomorrow is a new day. First of all, we have to wait and see what the weather will do as well, but I’m confident I can be in the mix.”

Sergio Perez during practice for the 2024 British GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Sergio Perez during practice for the 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Was Perez unlucky in British GP qualifying?

The Red Bulls weren’t the only drivers to come unstuck in Q1, with Kevin Magnussen following Verstappen‘s line through the Copse gravel just moments later.

However, Silverstone is just the latest in a string of early qualifying exits, following a similar trend to 2023 when he missed Q3 for five races in a row including the British GP.

Perez did start the Austrian GP in eighth but even that weekend was marred by a clash with Oscar Piastri as the Mexican misjudged his defence against the McLaren and went on to finish the grand prix Nico Hulkenberg and Verstappen.

That was after Verstappen was penalised with an extra pit stop and ten seconds due to his collision with Lando Norris, while Perez was dumped out of Q1 in Canada on pure pace, leaving his teammate to fight for the win against both McLarens and Mercedes.

“You always want two cars up there but honestly today I think he was just unlucky,” Verstappen added. “Yesterday when he jumped in the car in FP2 he looked decent so it’s a bit unfair to say that this weekend has been off or whatever because he felt good, today with these conditions it was tricky.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com 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 Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net 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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