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Sergio Perez

Perez admits Abu Dhabi F1 test 'a pain in the ass'

Sergio Perez's season officially came to an end at the post-season Abu Dhabi test, a day that the Mexican driver has described as a “pain in the ass”.

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Sergio Perez has described his end-of-season Formula 1 test in Abu Dhabi as “a pain in the ass”.

Following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, Perez stayed behind to take part in Tuesday's test at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The Mexican was joined at Red Bull by Jake Dennis, who made his FP1 debut during the race weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Perez logged 117 laps during the session and ended with the fourth-fastest time of the day.

“It's always a pain in the ass to end up doing it, but it's so much learning and so productive as well,” Perez told media including RacingNews365.com.

“It’s good and important to put in the time, I think it's been another productive day

“And I think especially coming out of a race, everything is really fresh. The circuit was very representative, especially in the afternoon.

“So plenty of productive testing and good information for next year. All in all, it’s a good way to finish the year.”

'Important' to take part

Perez endured a difficult campaign as team-mate Max Verstappen dominated en route to his third Formula 1 World Championship.

With the test offering more opportunities to learn ahead of the winter break, Perez highlighted the importance of taking part in such events.

“It's very important to be able to have this sort of day together with the team because we take some homework home that we are able to work on and be productive,” he said.

“It's been dominant for Red Bull [this year] but it was quite tough for me. I'm sure we're going to have a great car again next year.

“Hopefully [with] a little bit nicer balance on my side, we can we can keep this going.”

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