Sergio Perez Claims He was Faster than Ocon in the Race

Published 12/24/2018, 7:28 AM EST


Sergio Perez claims that while Esteban Ocon had the measure of him in qualifying, he was the superior race driver throughout the 2018 season.

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Out of the 21 races, Ocon out-qualified Perez 16 times, with the average gap at the end of the year reading -0.448s in favour of the Mercedes junior driver.

However, Perez finished 12 points ahead of his teammate in the driver’s standings, with the Mexican securing eighth place in the Driver’s Championship.

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Speaking to Darshan Chokhani from FormulaRapida, Perez said: “I think in qualifying he probably had the upper hand although the gap between us in qualifying is less than a tenth.

“He was more often in front in quali than myself. But I think the gap in the race is much bigger than qualifying.

“In the race I thought I did the bigger difference, always on the pace, the pace was a bit stronger in the race.

Sergio Perez

“We were very close again but I think he was just a little bit better in qualifying and I was quite a bit better in the race.”

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Perez will have a new teammate for 2019 in the form of young Canadian Lance Stroll, whose father Lawrence Stroll led a consortium which purchased the bankrupt Force India team in August, before re-branding them as Racing Point.

Ocon meanwhile, was left without a drive despite talk of him replacing Stroll at Williams for 2019, with Robert Kubica and George Russell ultimately forming their line-up.

As a result, Ocon was drafted as a reserve driver for the Mercedes team in 2019. But, Valtteri Bottas has a threat looming over him to perform well, or else Ocon is waiting in the wings.

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So the question is, will we see Esteban Ocon make an appearance in 2020? The Frenchman certainly has the talent and only time will tell.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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