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Sergio Perez

Perez admits he's still trying to understand where Baku race went wrong

Sergio Perez was leading the way from Max Verstappen at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix before the Dutch driver closed the gap and passed the Mexican.

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Sergio Perez says he is still trying to understand what went wrong on race day at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, after he lost the lead to teammate Max Verstappen.

The Mexican driver was faster than Verstappen all weekend in Baku and made the perfect start on race day, when he jumped Charles Leclerc heading into Turn 1.

But after building a comfortable lead at the front, Perez soon found his teammate closing in on him from behind with Red Bull eventually deploying team orders to ensure Verstappen passed without a fight.

Christian Horner suggested that Perez's set up was tailored more for qualifying day in Baku, handing his teammate to advantage on race day. But Perez says he will spend time with his engineers in Montreal trying to understand exactly what went wrong.

"For me, it was a frustrating day in parts but when you have a disappointing day and still come second, and get [the] fastest lap, you can’t say it’s too bad," he said.

"This car is really performing on the street circuits so we are confident we can put together another strong performance this weekend and keep the momentum going at the top.

"I am going to spend some time understanding the race in Baku more with my engineers so that I can get the most this weekend."

Red Bull head into Canadian GP full of confidence

Red Bull can make it six victories in a row should either Verstappen or Perez win in Montreal. Only once in the team's history have they managed that feat before, when Sebastian Vettel won nine consecutive races in 2013.

The last team to win six consecutive races was Mercedes in 2020. The Brackley-based team won ten races in a row on four occasions since 2015, as has been their period of dominance.

The all-time record for most consecutive wins is 11, achieved by McLaren back in 1988.

"We’re going to Canada at a great moment for the team. Scoring maximum points in Baku was a brilliant result for us all and keeps us in the fight for both titles," continued Perez.

"It’s nice to be back in Canada, it’s a circuit I enjoy driving and taking a car to it which is so competitive is going to be fun."

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