Perez: P11 was the reality of our speed

Date published: July 1 2019 - Michelle Foster

Sergio Perez: P11 was the reality of our speed

Out of luck and out of the points in Austria, Sergio Perez says he gave “everything” but it wasn’t enough.

The Mexican driver started 13th on the Red Bull Ring grid, benefitting from rivals’ penalties having only qualified P16 for the race.

But then that did little to help him on Sunday.

He tried to make up positions at the start, attacking the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

However, that didn’t pay off, instead hurting Perez’s tyres.

He found himself running behind Giovinazzi for much of the grand prix with the Italian finishing 10th, while Perez missed out in 11th.

“We gave it everything today, but points were just out of reach,” said the SportPesa Racing Point driver.

“My start was good, but I locked up into Turn Three trying to get ahead of Giovinazzi and that’s pretty much where I stayed for the rest of the race – trying to chase him down.

“There was not much difference between the soft and the medium tyres in the first part of the race and most of the cars ahead of us were able to run a very similar strategy.

“There were no real opportunities to do anything different.

“It’s always frustrating to finish in P11, but that’s the reality of our speed.”

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