Sergio Perez believes he is ready to fight for Formula 1 pole position for the British Grand Prix, after a positive Friday practice.
The Mexican set the second fastest time in FP1 then went quicker in FP2, but finished in P4 and was 0.264s off the best time set by teammate Max Verstappen.
Despite the time difference to his teammate, Perez is confident that he can fight for pole during qualifying: "We made some good progress from FP1 on to FP2, so I'm pleased with it.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can make another step and fight for pole, that will be ideal."
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Perez: Out lap critical on new tyres
Much of the day was spent understanding the new tyre construction introduced from Silverstone by Pirelli, with Perez admitting that it will be a "long night" to analysing how it impacts their car setup.
"It's been a very interesting day trying the new construction and basically learning from them," he explained.
"It's gonna be a long night tonight trying to figure out where is the best to operate these tyres."
The Mexican believes that focusing on the out-lap will be critical for Red Bull, as they look to suppress the threat from Ferrari after Carlos Sainz was just 0.022s off the best time from Verstappen.
"Making sure that we we have the right out lap is very critical here," he added.
"I think we are able to manage that and we're looking good for qualifying and similarly for the race.