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Sergio Perez

Perez pinpoints where Qualifying went wrong

After failing to make it out of Q2 following a trip into the gravel, Sergio Perez pinpoints exactly where his qualifying run went wrong.

Perez Spain
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Sergio Perez says his Qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix was ruined by an issue at Turn 5 of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Mexican ran wide into the gravel at Turn 5 during a push lap in Q2, forcing him to abort the run, and then his subsequent attempt was not fast enough to see him through to the top ten shootout.

"I think mainly in Turn 5," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com, of where he lost the most time during his qualifying run.

"Once we lost it, the tyres were too warm, and I couldn't get them back to a good temperature window, and I just didn't have the grip on my final lap, which was a shame. Conditions were tricky, and I end up losing the car into Turn 5."

Perez hopeful of making gains

This is Perez's second below-par Qualifying session in as many weeks, after the Mexican was forced to start the Monaco Grand Prix from 20th and last after having crashed during Q1.

However, Perez added that he was more confident of being able to overtake at Barcelona than he had been at Monaco, where he finished only 15th after failing to make much headway amid the tight confines of the street circuit.

"It is frustrating, but it's not Monaco. It's a race where we can race and we can get a lot of points," said Perez.

"There are a lot of cars out of position, so it can be an interesting race tomorrow."

F1 2023 Spanish Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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