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Perez feared another Jeddah victory loss: Not this time!

Sergio Perez admitted that he feared losing out again during the Safety Car phase at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, following his victory loss in 2022.

Sergio Perez secured his first victory of the Formula 1 season after converting his Pole Position into maximum points in Jeddah. The Mexican fended off the early challenge from Fernando Alonso before an early Safety Car period brought the field together. The Red Bull driver then had to maintain a gap to the recovering Max Verstappen to hold onto the lead until the end of the race. Speaking after the race, Perez admitted that he was relieved to "finally" achieve a victory at the Saudi Arabian GP. "It turned out to be tougher than expected. We really did the job in the first stint, but that safety car again tried to take the victory out of us again, but not this time!" Perez told media. "I was on for the victory last year, so finally I got it, and the team did a fantastic job. "I mean, the job they've done, and they've worked so hard during the weekend, we have a lot of mechanical issues and these guys have been on top of that, so I'm really happy for them. "The important thing I think is that we had the fastest car out there today, so I'm very pleased with that."

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