Crimson flag delays meant the ultimate restart came about rather a lot later than the race was anticipated to run, which can have contributed to the chain of first lap incidents that led to the ultimate pink flag, with Perez additionally citing chilly tyres as one other issue.
Perez was amongst these concerned as he went throughout the grass and gravel at Flip 1 whereas avoiding Pierre Gasly, who was in flip edged broad by contact between Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso.
The Mexican, who began from the pitlane after encountering brake steadiness issues in qualifying, was finally categorized fifth.
“I needed to keep away from Gasly,” he mentioned of the ultimate restart. “After which there was no visibility actually going into Flip 1.
“It was actually harmful, to start with the warm-up, however secondly, we couldn’t see something. We can’t race in these circumstances any extra. In the future, it is going to be a giant shunt.
“We can’t see something. The final 30 laps we’re only a passenger, we haven’t any visibility.”
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing
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Perez’s race was compromised when his technique of beginning on the onerous tyres was negated by an early pink flag that gave rivals a free change.
He admitted that he needed to steadiness threat and reward as he tried to make his manner via the sector.
“It was a giant mess with the DRS practice early on,” he mentioned. “I wanted to take much more threat if I wished to make some extra progress, and possibly I would not have completed the race or in all probability I may have been just a little bit larger.
“It’s of venture, and I believe the security automotive did damage us as a result of everybody went for the hards, so there wasn’t a lot of a technique that we may do, and that put us a bit out of sync.”
Requested if fifth place represented good injury limitation, he mentioned: “I believe that was actually the utmost we may have accomplished at this time. As I say, if we wished extra we’d have wanted to take rather more threat.
“The restart, the primary standing begin I did, I imply it is a mess beginning in these positions. It is folks taking huge dangers, and it was fairly troublesome for me.”
On the constructive facet, Perez acknowledged that the automotive’s issues had been fastened for the race: “We modified a whole lot of issues within the automotive, on the engine facet and on the brake steadiness, and the chassis.”
Crimson Bull group boss Christian Horner confirmed that the group had remedied the issue, though he downplayed its impression on qualifying.
“We modified a number of parts on the automotive which will have contributed to it,” he mentioned when requested in regards to the points by Autosport.
“I believe that it didn’t sound like there was any reoccurrence of it at this time, in order that was excellent news.
“I believe that he had a really troublesome P3 which was by removed from the very best preparation, after which clearly he went out, was pushing onerous on that first lap.
“He was late and onerous on the brakes into T3. All of the bits and items collectively weren’t fairly excellent, however usually these automobiles aren’t.”
Requested to elaborate on the brake steadiness drawback, Horner added: “It’s one thing that they management within the automotive. I believe we had a little bit of the engine working on in P3, however the ranges that we noticed in qualifying had been nothing irregular.”