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Sergio Perez

Perez admits to feeling 'unsatisfied' as he targets turnaround in Spain

Sergio Perez was unable to get onto the podium at the Miami Grand Prix, after fighting with Carlos Sainz during the final laps of the race.

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Sergio Perez has admitted that he left Miami feeling "unsatisfied", despite seeing his team celebrate a race win at Miami International Autodrome.

The Mexican driver was only able to finish fourth at the chequered flag, having found himself on quicker tyres than rival Carlos Sainz during the final laps.

He made a move to snatch third from the Spaniard but lost the position right away after missing his braking point and was unable to find a way back past.

"Miami was a crazy week for us all and, while Max got the win and I collected important points, I didn't leave satisfied," Perez admitted.

"I always want to be on the podium and I knew I had the pace to beat the Ferraris, so I was frustrated.

"If I can have a consistent weekend in the car then I know I can be up there and Max and I will be pushing for a repeat of [the 1-2 finish at] Imola."

Perez interested to see Red Bull gains in Barcelona

Since the Miami weekend, Perez has seen the birth of a new child, Emilio, and says he is keen to welcome him into the world with a great result.

His hopes of doing so could hinge on qualifying day in Barcelona, at a track where overtaking has so often proven to be difficult.

But Perez has already taken a pole position in 2022 and has been the quickest driver through the speed trap in each and every Q3 session so far.

He added: "We know the track in Barcelona very well because of pre-season testing, so we know what to expect.

"But the car we tested in February is very different from the car we are now driving, in a good way, and it will be interesting to see gains we have made since then."

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