The Purple Bull driver led the opening 14 laps of the Saudi Arabian GP however noticed his race wrecked by a security automobile interval only one lap after his pitstop, when Nicholas Latifi crashed on the remaining nook.
The protection automobile interval allowed his frontrunning rivals an inexpensive pitstop, initially pushing Perez again to 3rd, earlier than the Mexican was instructed to permit Carlos Sainz Jr to move him on the security automobile restart having been judged to have handed the Ferrari driver when he exited the pitlane.
With Perez relegated to fourth place, he was unable to cost again up the order and missed out on the rostrum having been sure a combat for the win had been on.
“That is simply racing particularly after we knew that we might be in that scenario,” Perez advised Sky Sports activities F1 in regards to the security automobile interval.
“We had the undercut and the margin that we had been on the lookout for, we obtained it, and issues had been wanting actually good however sadly Latifi put it within the wall on the mistaken time for me.
Marshals take away the broken automobile of Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44, from the circuit
Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
“That is racing. It should come round for us sooner or later but it surely hurts as a result of we did all the things we probably might do win this race from pole.”
Perez mentioned he had no situation with conceding a spot to Sainz on the security automobile restart but in addition lamented his luck within the closing levels when yellow flags denied him a late assault on Sainz.
“I used to be advised to provide the place again, so I gave it again. I felt that was honest sufficient,” Perez mentioned, who’s beneath investigation for failing to gradual beneath the yellow flags together with Sainz and Kevin Magnussen within the closing levels.
“After the digital security automobile I believe I picked up a little bit of pace, I got here shut, however then there was the yellow flags on the finals laps so I needed to decelerate and I couldn’t do way more.”
Sainz agreed with Perez’s evaluation about their combat for third place, whereas he was content material along with his personal efficiency having closed the tempo hole to team-mate Charles Leclerc.
“It was an in depth name there with Checo however in the long run, I believe he obtained a bit unfortunate with a security automobile clearly however the guidelines are the foundations,” Sainz mentioned.
“I believe I used to be simply forward on the security automobile line which it was my place then and since then it was all about holding on to P3.
“The Purple Bulls had been tremendous fast within the final 10 laps after the tyres cooled down on the digital security automobile. They had been flying they usually had been placing stress on us.
“For me this race was a little bit of progress from Bahrain I believe I managed to discover a bit extra rhythm with a automobile. Nonetheless some tenths to search out however I believe I’ll find yourself getting there.”