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Sergio Perez

Perez: It was difficult to move on from Imola

Sergio Perez struggled to accept the outcome of his race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, having felt that he had let the team down.

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Sergio Perez has admitted that he found it difficult to move on from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after finishing outside of the points.

The weekend started off well for the Mexican when he qualified on the front row, but the race proved to be one to forget. Perez spun behind the safety car in the difficult weather conditions and was given a 10-second stop/go penalty as a result.

Later in the race the Red Bull driver spun again and eventually finished down in 11th, a result that Perez found hard to come to terms with.

"It was very difficult [to move on], because it was such an opportunity missed," Perez told RacingNews365.com and other select media.

"For the team, we should have finished one and two that weekend, and there was a big opportunity missed.

"It hurts as a driver when you let your team down, because you know how hard they work for the weekend in particular and so on. It's just very hard to digest."

Perez - whose teammate Max Verstappen won the race at Imola - is determined to learn from his mistakes and try to bounce back at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

"There is no other option than to move on, learn from it, take the positives and learn from the negatives, and then just move on," the Mexican explained.

"It's a long season ahead."

Red Bull have shown promise with their pace in the first two races of the season and Perez hopes they can remain competitive at the Algarve International Circuit.

"We hope to be in the mix [at] the front, to be able to have another strong qualifying and get those points in our pocket. I think we should be strong here."

Whilst he ended up outside of the points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Perez finished the opening race of the season in Bahrain in fifth place.

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