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Sergio Perez

Perez's Leclerc regret in Belgian GP qualifying

The Mexican is set to line up in second place for Sunday's race after Max Verstappen's grid penalty is applied.

Perez Belgium
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Red Bull's Sergio Perez felt he should have been able to out-qualify Charles Leclerc at the Belgian Grand Prix and inherit pole position.

Although Max Verstappen was fastest in qualifying, he will drop to sixth on the grid by virtue of a gearbox penalty and allowing second and third fastest Leclerc and Perez to shuffle forward onto the front row.

Ferrari driver Leclerc pipped Perez by 0.057secs to take pole for Sunday's race but the Mexican - who secured his best grid spot since pole in Miami - felt he should have done better.

Perez's regret

"It was very tricky qualifying out there," Perez explained.

"The Intermediate conditions were very tricky and initially we thought the track was going to get a lot drier quicker but it took a long time.

"Even at the end of Q3, it was quite tricky in few places like Turn 9, but it is a good result.

"It is a bit of a shame I didn't get Charles there, but in these conditions, it was good that we had a good [result]."

F1 2023 Belgian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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