Sergio Perez has urged Red Bull to make use of the lessons learned from his recent pace struggles as F1 enters its summer break.
The Red Bull driver was forced to fight back from a below-par qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he was eliminated in Q2.
Starting from 11th, Perez made steady progress and capitalised on Ferrari's strategy woes to finish in fifth place, ahead of Charles Leclerc.
Perez commented that he felt more comfortable with the car in the race than in qualifying.
"There certainly was a lot of pace, especially with these conditions," Perez confirmed to Sky Sports F1.
"We managed to get more pace out of it, so it was certainly a good race for us."
"I was certainly more comfortable in this race. We're making good progress, especially in today's race."
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Perez: We now understand the pace issues
Despite his strong start to the season, Perez has come under fire in recent races for his pace deficit to teammate Max Verstappen, who took victory at the Hungarian GP.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has been particularly critical, and suggested Perez was in "summer break mode" during qualifying.
Perez added that he believed the lessons for his qualifying issues had now been learned, and was hopeful that they would be addressed during the summer break.
"We now understand what we did [wrong] yesterday in qualifying," he continued.
"Hopefully when we come back after summer break we are in a position to be a lot stronger.
"I think that will be critical for us to make sure we are able to deliver that."
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