Sergio Perez’s first race for Red Bull was virtually over earlier than it began in Bahrain on Sunday however the skilled Mexican stored his cool to progress from pit lane to fifth in Formula One’s season-opener.
He even wound up a winner, taking the fan vote for driver of the day with 27.7% to his group mate and grand prix runner-up Max Verstappen’s 16.8%.
Mercedes’ race winner Lewis Hamilton polled 7.5%.
Perez’s race was much less sensational than the one in Bahrain final December the place he went from final on lap one to the highest of the rostrum for Racing Point (now Aston Martin) however no much less decided a rescue drive.
Perez admitted he had been shut to leaping out when his automotive stopped on the way in which to the grid however someway he managed to get it going once more.
“I was in the middle of the corner and everything went off. I lost engine, I lost ignition, I thought that that was it,” he mentioned.
Due to begin eleventh, with Verstappen on pole, Perez made it again to the pit lane to be a part of the sphere final once more on lap one.
“Considering my race almost didn’t happen today, I think overall we can be pleased with today and take away the positives as the pace was really good and the potential is there,” mentioned Perez.
Team principal Christian Horner praised his driver’s “great comeback drive” in a race that was in any other case a missed alternative for a group who had been persistently quickest all through the weekend.
“He kept a cool, calm head after the issue on the Formation Lap and was able to deliver a strong points haul,” he mentioned.
Perez’s major job at Red Bull is to make a higher contribution than Verstappen’s final three group mates to the factors tally, however he has recognised it’ll take time to adapt to his new environment.
“I’m working hard, the engineers are working hard together with me and it will eventually click. And the time that happens, then we’re going to be very strong,” he mentioned.
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