WATCH: Sergio Perez’s Rallying Cry for Red Bull to Beat Mercedes F1 After Qualifying Debacle in Hungary

Published 08/01/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez arrives before practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo


After an action-packed race at Silverstone concludes, all the attention turns towards the Hungarian GP. Here the arch-rivals in Mercedes and Red Bull vie for supremacy in the constructor’s championship. Both the Red Bulls will start from the second row, right behind the first-row lockout by the Silver Arrows.

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Chiefly, both the RB16B had the opportunity for late improvements to finish ahead of Mercedes. However, after the second and final Q3 runs, both Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen came up from their garages. They were just behind Lewis Hamilton who was on the provisional pole. The Knight drove slowly in the pit lane and then right before the final warm-up corner in order to deny both the Red Bulls to post flying laps.

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Max Verstappen was able to cross the line before the chequered flag but his teammate in Sergio Perez failed and therefore it confirmed that the Mexican will start the Hungarian GP at P4.

Sergio Perez insists Red Bull will finish ahead of their rivals

Sergio Perez was left frustrated after he failed to cross the chequered flag on time. The Mexican was denied any late improvements to his qualifying after Lewis Hamilton’s tactics.

Although when Checo’s race engineer informed him about his failure to cross the line on time, Perez was left disappointed. Later the Mexican insists they should catch the two Silver Arrows at Hungarian GP and said: “We must get them tomorrow”.

Perez doesn’t blame Lewis Hamilton for missing the chequered flags during qualifying

Sergio Perez doesn’t criticize Lewis Hamilton for missing his final qualifying run. However, the Mexican blames himself for starting his last run behind every car on the grid.

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“I haven’t looked in detail, but to be honest, I think Lewis had a sensible gap to Bottas, who was ahead of him. Something must have happened, someone had dropped back massively from Gasly I think, and I don’t think [it was] towards the end,” said Sergio Perez.

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 17: Second place qualifier Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing and pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“I think [Hamilton] had a normal gap, I just paid the price by being the last car of the train,” added the Mexican.

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Can Red Bull increase their lead over their arch-rivals or Mercedes will take home back-to-back victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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