Sergio Perez believes the Dutch Grand Prix weekend will be a tightly contested event following the Friday practice at Zandvoort.
Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen ended the opening session on top of the timesheets before McLaren’s Lando Norris was fastest in FP2.
The margins at the top of the field were close, however, with Norris besting the two-time World Champion by just 0.023secs whilst there were also impressive displays elsewhere on the grid, including from Williams and Alpine, who showed strong pace.
Red Bull has dominated the current campaign, winning all 12 races staged so far but Perez has hinted that it will be a more challenging weekend ahead for the Milton Keynes-based squad at Zandvoort
“It was positive,” Perez said following the end of Friday's running. “The grid is looking really tight out there once again.
“Plenty of information, we went through most of the compounds, especially in the high fuel [runs], plenty of information for our team.
“I think it’s looking very tight. Looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
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Perfect lap needed in qualifying
With qualifying being one of Perez’s weak points this year, the Mexican understands that a perfect effort will be needed to start at the front of the field.
“We just have to bring everything, try to get the perfect lap together to make sure that we qualify where we should and then show our race pace,” he said.
“If we are able to have a strong qualifying, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be high up and have a strong result.”