WATCH: Sergio Perez Pleads Canadian GP Marshall Following Painful F1 Qualifying Incident

Published 06/22/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Sergio Perez has surprised everyone with his form from the start of the season. Apart from the DNFs in the opening race of the season and the race in Canada, the Mexican finished every race in the top four. The Red Bull man, with his consistency, has put himself into the contention for the world championship.

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After overtaking Charles Leclerc in the points table, Perez was almost toe-to-toe with teammate Max Verstappen. However, in Montreal, Checo had his second retirement of the season, which cost him valuable points. Even before that, in qualifying, the Mexican wasn’t having the best of weekends as he slid into the barriers due to the rain, ending his session early.

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After the incident, the onboard camera caught Perez pleading to the stewards to get him back on the track.

The Red Bull man was desperate to get back on track and finish his qualifying. But that was not a possibility, as the stewards communicated the same to Perez. In the exchange, Checo pleaded to the stewards to move the car, to which the steward replied, “It’s stuck in there, Checo, it’s stuck!”

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Later in the video, we see a disappointed Perez as they carried his RB18 back to the paddock. It was an overall frustrating weekend for him as the Ferrari man, Leclerc, is now only three points away from Perez.

Perez’s retirement brings back doubt about Red Bull’s reliability, which was a major concern for them at the start of the season. This was a problem the Milton Keynes-based team would not want to face again, especially in the latter part of the season, when the stakes are higher.

Sergio Perez is in awe of teammate Max Verstappen

Verstappen displayed the superiority of his 2022 F1 challenger and as well as his driving mettle at the Canadian GP. The Dutchman positioned himself ahead of the entire grid for the race and finished there, getting his sixth win in nine races.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 22, 2022 First placed Max Verstappen of Red Bull and second placed Sergio Perez of Red Bull celebrate on the podium after the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Verstappen’s brilliant display has made Perez make a bold claim about Verstappen. “Max is very good and he is a very complete driver.”

“He is without a doubt one of the best in the history of Formula 1, if not the best, for everything, for his education and because he has things that other Formula 1 drivers do not have,” said Perez.

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A bold claim by the 32-year-old for his younger teammate. Verstappen has been extremely consistent, especially since his championship-winning season. But whether he deserves the GOAT tag is for time to tell.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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