Perez was working fourth within the early phases of the Portimao race however didn’t comply with the identical technique because the three vehicles forward of him when it got here to the timing of his cease.
Whereas team-mate Max Verstappen was pitted on lap 35 in a bid to attempt to leap the Mercedes duo he was preventing, Perez was saved out for much longer within the lead of the race.
Regardless of being a lot slower than the vehicles on contemporary rubber, he stayed out till lap 51 – which was straight after Hamilton had overtaken him.
However whereas it appeared that one of many most important motivations for holding Perez out would have been to probably hinder Hamilton in his battle with Verstappen, Crimson Bull says its main focus was really on unleashing Perez to attempt to get the quickest lap.
Group boss Christian Horner defined: “It was extra centered on eager to get to the comfortable tyre to have a crack at that time for the quickest lap.
“That is why we went that lengthy. The comfortable tyre did not have lots of vary, and naturally when you abuse it over a single lap it makes it a bit of bit extra marginal.
“Sergio was in a type of stable fourth, with out the chance to catch the vehicles in entrance and away from the vehicles behind. So we thought: ‘okay let’s run the gasoline down, get to some extent the place it’s wise to the end and have a crack on the quickest lap.'”
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Perez was briefly in a position to seize the quickest lap, however the subsequent drop off in tempo meant he fell away from third positioned Valtteri Bottas, who was then in a position to pit within the closing phases to go for quickest lap himself.
The timing of Bottas’ cease gave Crimson Bull a window to then pit Verstappen, who did handle to set the quickest lap earlier than the time was deleted for him breaching monitor limits.
Horner added: “Sergio was the primary one to say it, however Valtteri was in a position to simply squeak a pit window to have a crack at it. So we thought: okay, we’ll reply with Max, and provides it a go together with Max.
“The blokes knocked in a 1.9 second pitstop and, however for monitor limits that we did not see anyone else have the penalty that Max did, he would have achieved that.”
Perez’s fourth place was the very best outcome he has achieved for Crimson Bull, however he was nonetheless not in a position to shadow Verstappen in the course of the race itself.
Horner stated he was inspired by the continued progress that Perez was making, although, and he was certain that higher type was simply across the nook.
“I believe he is getting there,” he stated. “Right here [in Portugal] has been actually tough due to the wind and so forth, however you’ll be able to see the races are coming collectively for him when he’s in clear air.
“Do not forget he managed to cross [Lando] Norris, who had handed him absolutely off the monitor. Once more, one other monitor limits inconsistency.
“However as soon as he was in clear air, he was doing the identical lap time because the leaders at sure factors, and was setting the quickest lap. So I believe it is actually coming collectively for him. I am pleased with the progress he is making. With extra time and expertise, every part will simply come collectively for him.”