Emilia Romagna GP: Sergio Perez Claims He “Should Have Been on Pole” for Imola F1 Race

Published 04/17/2021, 9:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after qualifying in P2 REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Sergio Perez has gotten himself a dream start with his new F1 team, Red Bull Racing, as the Mexican slotted himself into P2 for Sunday’s race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. What’s more, Perez has also managed to oust his ever-dominant teammate, Max Verstappen.

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Of course, this is a celebratory moment for the team, considering their number 2 headache finally seems to be reaching its end. However, the downside to this qualifying is that Perez apparently had the pace to beat the pole-sitter, Lewis Hamilton.

And a poor exit out of the final turn caused Perez to miss out on a chunk of time, enough to deny himself his first pole position in Formula 1.

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What did Sergio Perez say?

Following the qualifying session, Perez applauded his crew for piecing the car back into one piece after the shunt with Esteban Ocon on Friday.

Well done to the team. Yesterday, I did a mistake, and I made them work hard. But it’s a good recovery. The most important is that we’re showing progress,” he said. “I never expected to be here today, you know. Where we were yesterday, we’ve been improving.

But it’s just important to be P2 and I should have been on pole today. I did a mistake on my final corner. We just have to make sure that we keep progressing and tomorrow is what matters.”

Perez will be starting the race on a set of soft tires as opposed to Mercedes‘ and his teammate’s medium tires. Hence, the Mexican’s first stint will be extremely crucial. With Perez being an expert in tire management, Red Bull will be hoping that Perez squeezes as many laps as possible into his initial stint.

Can Perez win the Emilia Romagna GP?

Perez delivered a brilliant lap on the final Q3 run to place himself on the front row for Sunday’s race. But what are the prospects of Perez winning the GP from here?

Well, looking at Red Bull’s pace, in the long run, Perez could very well aim for the race victory. However, it still depends on certain aspects.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who qualified in P3 with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez who qualified in P2 REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The Mexican will need to leap past the seven-time world champion at the start of the race. Since Perez will be running on much softer tires compared to the surrounding ones, he will possess enough pace to build a substantial gap to Hamilton and Verstappen.

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And from there on, his race will entirely rely on his incredible tire managing skills and smart strategic decisions from Red Bull.

So, can the team get everything to perfection and gift Perez what could only be his second race win in Formula 1?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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