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Sergio Perez

Perez positive despite latest practice crash

The Red Bull driver was third quickest in the second session but did beach the car in the gravel.

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Sergio Perez had his "best Friday in a while" in Italian Grand Prix practice despite crashing late in second practice.

In the closing minutes of the second 60-minute session at Monza, Perez ran marginally wide at the exit of Alboreto - formerly the Parabolica - after understeering wide in his RB19.

He skated through the gravel with the rear wing nudging against the tyre barrier, although serious damage was avoided to the car.

Perez would finish the session in third place - ahead of teammate Max Verstappen - and was confident of continuing his good start to the weekend despite the incident.

Perez upbeat

Detailing his off-track excursion, Perez explained: "I understeered off and tried to keep it nailed, I thought I had it under control but then I just touched the gravel and it was game over.

"The damage doesn't look too bad, the hit was fairly small and I don't think we lost anything at the end, just two laps, so nothing representative in that regard.

"The positive is that the car is performing well, I am feeling comfortable with it and I think we are in a good position for the rest of the weekend.

"I really feel like we have had a very strong Friday - this has been the best Friday in a while for us."

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