Sergio Perez blamed Antonio Giovinazzi for costing him the chance to get first place ever after qualifying in third place for the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Mexican was on his way to grant Racing Point a first-row closure with teammate Lance Stroll, who was allowed to continue with first-place celebrations when the referees acquitted him of ignoring the yellow flags after an investigation.
However, Perez felt that he could have been the fastest man in Istanbul instead of ending behind Stroll and Max Verstappen, especially after he occupied the temporary center stage until the final stages of the third quarter..
With one last chance to grab the lead on the drying track, Perez had put in a first « purple » sector but then found himself in jeopardy by Alfa Romeo driver Giovinazzi – who, ironically, was to appear in the top 10 penalties for the first time this season..
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« We were lap after lap to the end really, » said Perez, who is still driving the car for 2021 while being kicked out of Racing Point at the end of the season to make way for Sebastian Vettel.. .
“We had no luck at the end when the track was at its best. I had a Giovinazi in the front. He exited at the fifth turn, was back in the circuit and couldn’t get past him, meaning that I couldn’t complete the last lap after a very good first sector..
“That lap looked so good. But it is a very good result for the team, something we really didn’t expect.
At least Perez enjoys consolation starting from the clean side of the track, right behind his teammate Stroll and with Alex Albon in the other Red Bull next to him.
“I definitely prefer P3 over P2,” he added. « I think tomorrow at the start there will be a good difference.
“We have to see what happens to Mercedes, we are relying on them a little bit, but from our side we just have to have a perfect day tomorrow and we can be strong.
Another incident in which Perez was involved was in the first quarter when Carlos Sainz stopped him on a « hot » lap that he was not paying.
The McLaren driver clinched a 3-place penalty but even though it was threatening Perez’s lead in the qualifiers, he was happy to ignore it.
The Racing Point driver said, « In the end it didn’t affect me. ». « It was a mess in the circumstances there. I think we can move on from that.
« I was about to exit in the first quarter as I had a yellow flag on the last lap and had to abort it. I ended up in P15, so that was soon.
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