Perez reveals shoulder injury hampered qualifying session

Sergio Perez says shoulder injury hampered his qualifying session as he “was not feeling 100%” after another difficult Saturday in the Red Bull.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen secured his front-row start at the Spanish Grand Prix, only 0.036s slower than pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who achieved 100 career poles in Formula One. However, the Dutchman’s teammate endured another disappointing qualifying session in the RB16B.

It was a tough session for Perez in Q3, as he struggled for balance on the car and spun at turn 13 on his first flying lap, putting extra pressure on the 31-year-old to produce one excellent lap in the final stages to have any chance of coming close to the front three.

But, unsurprisingly, Perez struggled in his only one flying lap and could only go eighth fastest, with both Ferrari drivers and Daniel Ricciardo starting in front of him. 

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While the spun in the opening stages affected his session, the Red Bull driver also revealed that he was suffering from a shoulder injury throughout qualifying.

Speaking to Red Bull after qualifying, Perez said: “It was a tough qualifying out there and just a bad day in general. 

“I didn’t get a good lap throughout today and I was not feeling 100% in qualifying with some shoulder pain so we did well to progress to Q3 which shows what a good car we have. 

“In terms of pace, we have a very good race car so it’s a shame we are starting out of position as it’s a difficult place to overtake but I’m confident we will be able to fight for a very strong result.”

Perez’s life at Red Bull has been up and down so far, with plenty more downfalls as he only managed to score twenty-two points in the opening three races, forty points less than his teammate Verstappen in second. 

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The 31-year-old vows to be ‘aggressive’ in tomorrow’s Grand Prix, and make his way through the grid to have any chance of catching the leaders.

“Tomorrow is a new opportunity, hopefully, we are able to minimize the damage and take some steps forward. 

“I’ll be aggressive as I need to come through the field and catch up to the leaders as early as possible. 

“In general, it’s not been the best weekend from my side but looking at previous races this year, you can see things are coming together and I’m just getting to know the car better which is the key.”