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Sergio Perez

Perez wants improvement to key area after 'strong' Sundays

The Red Bull driver wants to improve his qualifying form, after a spate of early exits during the 2023 season.

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Sergio Perez has pinpointed an area he would like to see improved for 2024, following his "strong" form on Sundays during this year's Formula 1 season.

The Mexican only just secured second in the Drivers' Championship from Lewis Hamilton, after a tight battle on points which went down to the penultimate round at the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

He managed to outscore Hamilton in the race and secure a historic one-two for Red Bull, something they failed to achieve in the years with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

When asked which area he would like to see improved for 2024, Perez told media, including RacingNews365: "Our Sunday form has been very, very strong. That's the only reason we finished P2 in the [Drivers'] championship.

"Saturdays have been very difficult this season, that is something we have to make sure that we take up a gear and improve for next year."

Perez's difficult qualifying runs

Perez has endured a tough run of qualifying sessions throughout 2023, notably three Q1 exits and six Q2 knock-outs while only making it through to Q3 just 13 times in the dominant RB19.

By comparison, teammate Max Verstappen made it through to Q3 on 20 occasions having only been knocked outing Q2 at the Saudi Arabian and Singapore Grands Prix.

Perez himself admitted that the majority of his early exits in qualifying were down to not reacting to the changing conditions, notably in Canada where the rainfall played havoc with a lot of drivers run plans.

This will be an important area to improve if he wants to mount a credible title challenge to Verstappen, otherwise he risks the Dutchman running away with a fourth title if Red Bull continue their dominant form in 2024.

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