Despite complaining of “dizzy spells” Sergio Perez was still able to join Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll on the second row of the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Racing Point were tipped as contenders to pip Red Bull and Ferrari to the second row at the Hungaroring, and they certainly lived up to it with Stroll securing P3 as Perez joined him behind the dominant Mercedes duo in P4.
And that performance seems even more impressive than it already did after Perez complained of feeling “dizzy” at different stages during qualifying.
“It was a good result for the team but from my side a lot of things happened,” he is quoted by Motorsport.com.
“During qualifying I wasn’t feeling 100% physically. For some reason I started to feel dizzy during the session.”
But when pressed for the cause, he said: “I don’t know. I’m a bit sore on the neck from yesterday.
“It happened suddenly. My neck hurts a bit but I suddenly started to feel dizzy in some parts of the circuit. Even so, with all that, to be fourth is a good result for tomorrow.”
Racing Point took a risk in Q2 as they attempted to make the top ten shootout using the medium compound tyres.
They managed to pull it off, and Perez expects that to be an advantage for the team come Sunday’s race.
“I think it is a great result for the team,” he said.
“We looked good all the way through. Yes, I’m happy with the team results. And hopefully tomorrow we can put it together in the race and score a lot of points for the team.
“We have a good pace. We are starting with the medium compound so I think that can benefit us tomorrow. We believe that the softer tyre can struggle during the first stint.”
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P3 is Stroll’s best qualifying showing to date, and he also praised Racing Point for pulling off their gamble with the medium tyres.
“For sure it was a gamble, but that’s going to put us in a good position for tomorrow so I’m really happy we managed to get through on the mediums,” he told reporters.
“My lap at the end really felt like it was spot on. It always feels great when you put it all together at the end of qualifying.
“[I’m] very happy at the moment, the car was really strong all the way throughout qualifying, throughout the weekend really.
“We’ve had the pace, it was just about piecing it together during that qualifying session. Really great job by all the guys, I’m really pleased with the session.
“Now my sight is set on tomorrow, going to try and grab some big points.”