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Sergio Perez

Perez bounces back to podium after admitting 'rough patch'

The Mexican is happy to achieve a podium in the Austrian Grand Prix after a 'difficult' weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

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Sergio Perez is happy to bounce back to third on the podium after a 'difficult' Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

On Thursday he was absent from the circuit with an illness, then on Friday he was knocked out of qualifying early due to a track limits penalty.

The Red Bull driver managed to recover from P15 on the grid owing to a three-stop strategy, which enabled him to get ahead of the midfield early on and challenge for the top five.

"It's been a very difficult weekend for me personally, physically," he told media.

"I have been really, really weak. I was sick on Thursday, so it hasn't been an easy weekend; high fevers, no sleep during the weekend."

The Mexican was happy to turn around his weekend after a difficult start, admitting that he has been through a "rough patch" in the last few races.

He added: "Great recovery from the team and a fantastic strategy, we had a great race.

"It's been a bit of a rough patch for me, so now hopefully we are back and we can keep that consistency now."

Perez: Ferrari strong, especially in the low speed corners

In the closing stages he was in a battle with Carlos Sainz which cost him time to Charles Leclerc for P2.

The pair battled for third, with Sainz utilising the DRS out of Turn 3 to defend on a couple of occasions.

Perez got a better exit after a few attempts and managed to pass for the position, although made an observation about his rival.

He explained: "It was very hard, always a pleasure to race them. They're very strong, especially in the low speed they were having very good traction. But it's a good comeback."

F1 2023 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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