Red Bull ‘fundamentally lacking’ according to Sergio Perez after shocking Q1 exit

Perez will start 16th for the second consecutive race of the 2024 F1 season

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Sergio Perez accused the Red Bull car of being “fundamentally lacking” in qualifying for the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen setting an identical time to George Russell’s pole position benchmark.

Perez suffered another disappointing session at the wheel of his car as he was dumped out of qualifying in the first phase once again, struggling to get any kind of harmony with his RB20 meaning that he will start the race from 16th.

However, rather than taking the blame himself, considering Verstappen will be on the front row, the Mexican decided to aim his frustrations and criticisms at Adrian Newey and Pierre Wache’s creation as he blamed the car.

“It is a massive frustration. I think it was a session where everything reset with the weather and we couldn’t get anything to work,” Perez told select members of the media, including Total-Motorsport.com, after qualifying. “Especially the rear axle.

“I think it was a very strange session for a lot of cars out there and we did struggle quite a lot with the rear end. So, I think we’ve got to understand the reason behind it.  I think in hindsight there are some things we could have done better but fundamentally we’re lacking some pace.

“I think we’ve got some bits to understand, then hopefully get through tomorrow and we are able to secure a couple of points. That will be a good result and then really just go from there.”

Sergio Perez during practice ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Sergio Perez during practice ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Perez’s qualifying woes costing him titles

Perez’s exit means he’s now failed to make the front row in the four races since the Chinese GP and it’s actually the third time in a row he’s failed to make the Top 10 shootout by missing Q3.

It’s also the second time he’s been dumped out in Q1 as his one-lap form slumps once again in the European leg of the Formula 1 season, fortunately this time he has managed to secure his Red Bull future through until 2026 though.

It means that the 34-year-old is, once again, tasked with another recovery drive like he had to attempt to do in Imola and Moanco as he looks to salvage some compensation from another calamitous Saturday performance.

Furthermore, it ensures he is almost certainly going to fall further out of touch with Verstappen and Lando Norris in the drivers’ standings, as the pair lead him by 62 and six points heading into Sunday’s race, which they will start from second and third.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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