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Sergio Perez

Perez responds to Red Bull dip in form

Perez has explained why he has not been able to perform to expectations this year

Perez Zandvoort
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Sergio Perez believes his dip in form at the Red Bull team is something that “most drivers go through” during their Formula 1 career.

The Mexican began the season in fine form, winning two out of the opening four Grands Prix to prompt optimism that Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen could be taken on.

But just as talk of a potential title fight between the duo kicked into motion, Perez suffered a performance drop which included failure to appear in five consecutive Q3 sessions between Monaco and Great Britain.

The points margin between himself and Verstappen has grown to 138 points with the Dutchman well on his way to securing a third F1 title in succession.

While Verstappen has been able to win 11 of the races, Perez has added only four podiums to his two victories as he finds himself closer to Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' standings.

Perez outlines reason behind struggles

Perez has previously conceded difficulty in getting on top of the RB19 in changeable conditions, as well as the development curve employed by Red Bull taking the sweet spot away from his driving style.

“I think every driver through their careers or through each season, you get some upgrades to the car that adapt easier to your driving style than others,” Perez told media including RacingNews365.com.

“Sometimes you will put a part in it and you will straight away go faster with it. Sometimes you will have to adapt to it.

“It’s something that we are all facing through our times during the season with our upgrades.

“I haven't been able to adapt as quickly as I should and I had to change my driving style to adapt to the car more than at the beginning of the season, for example. when things were coming more naturally.

“But that's something that most drivers at some point will go through.”

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