Sergio Perez has expressed confidence that Red Bull will be operating at the front of the field once again this weekend in Japan following its disappointing outing in Singapore.
Last week, both Perez and teammate Max Verstappen failed to advance out of the second qualifying segment and started the race outside the top 10.
While its race pace was stronger than its one-lap speed, Red Bull’s winning streak came to an end as Ferrari captured victory through Carlos Sainz.
However, Red Bull looked strong during Friday practice in Japan with Verstappen setting the fastest lap in both sessions.
Although Perez appeared to struggle more at the wheel of the RB19 compared to his teammate, the Mexican was content with his day of running.
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“It was very interesting. I think in the morning we were a bit off balance on our side,” Perez said.
“We have some very good understanding of the direction that we need to take, and certainly things are looking a lot better than they did last weekend, which is positive.
“I’m looking forward to qualifying well because degradation seems to be quite high around this circuit, especially with the hot temperatures we are expecting.
“I do believe that we’re going to be strong [in qualifying] and on Sunday.”