Perez frustrated by “disappointing” Italian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez was left feeling frustrated and disappointed in the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix after having multiple issues during the race.

Perez ended up finishing down in 10th place, having started fourth on the grid, while his teammate Lance Stroll managed to finish on the bottom step of the podium despite starting the race from eighth.

With such a chaotic race, there was plenty of opportunity to score strong points, but Perez said that no matter where he turned, he ran into problems and was left feeling disappointed about his result.

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Speaking after Sunday’s Grand Prix, the Racing Point driver said: “From my side, it’s been a disappointing day.

“Anything that could go wrong seemed to happen to us.

“I had a poor start at the beginning of the race and lost places to the McLarens and Bottas, but then things started to look up for us.

“Lando then slowed down excessively in the pitlane during the pit window – which I think was dangerous – and we had a slow pit stop and that was costly.

Having lost out in the pitstop, Perez’s race then took another hit after a collision with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and turn two.

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The stewards investigated the coming together during the race and decided not to take any further action, but Perez’s car was left with damage that hampered his pace.

“Max also crashed into me at Turn 2 after my stop and he damaged my car, so after the restart I had to drive with the damage.” he added.

“The main positive is that I was able to recover to get back into P10 and earn a point – and the team had a great day with Lance’s finish too.”

Racing Point Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer also added that luck didn’t go Perez’s way in the race, but the day was still one to celebrate after Stroll secured his first podium of the season.

“It was a day all about taking opportunities and I’m very proud of the whole team.” commented Szafnauer.

“Lance battled hard today – making some excellent overtaking moves – and he really deserves this result.

“On the other hand, the luck didn’t go Sergio’s way today and his chances of scoring good points ended when the safety car came out.

“All in all though, it’s a day of celebration for everybody at Racing Point.

“It’s great to taste the champagne again and today’s silverware is a fitting reward for the efforts back at base and trackside this year.”