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Perez seeking Red Bull review into fastest lap process

Max Verstappen is now one point ahead of Sergio Perez in the World Championship standings after gaining an additional point for setting the fastest lap during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Race winner Perez believes that the process needs to be reviewed.

Sergio Perez believes that Red Bull need to review the process they used to decide which driver would go for the fastest lap in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Perez claimed his first win of the season in the race, while teammate Max Verstappen made his way through the field from 15th on the grid to finish P2. Verstappen was heard asking what the fastest lap was during the final laps of the event, and went on to claim the accolade, resulting in him gaining an additional point. This point means that the Dutchman leads the World Championship standings ahead of Perez.

Verstappen: It's normal to ask what the fastest lap is

When both drivers were asked after the race about how it was decided who would go for the fastest lap, Verstappen gave his take on the situation. "With a few laps to go, I asked what the fastest lap was," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "We were first of all free to race and of course we had a target lap time to the end. It's a point on the line, it was the same also in Bahrain, it got asked. "So especially when it's just between the two cars, I think it's quite normal that you asked for what the fastest lap is."

Perez: I got different information

Perez, meanwhile, suggested that he would like the situation reviewed. "I asked two laps from the end, while they were telling us… where they told me to keep a certain pace," the Mexican said. "They told me I had the fastest lap and to keep the pace, a certain pace. "So I thought the communication was the same to Max or something. "We need to review because I got certainly the different information and I just couldn't push it there."

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