Perez in a spin: ‘I just lost it, that was it’

Michelle Foster
Sergio Perez frowning during testing. Barcelona February 2022

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez frowning during testing as he watches from the sidelines. Barcelona February 2022

Sergio Perez gave everyone in the paddock a “bit of a rest” late Thursday as he brought out the red flags to end the day’s running at the Sakhir circuit.

The Formula 1 teams were back on track in Bahrain on Thursday, the start of the official pre-season test.

Perez had the RB18 all to himself, Red Bull opting for a day each for its drivers before splitting the final day’s driving duties.

Perez covered 138 laps, more than two race distances, before taking an early shower.

That wasn’t because of the work load completed, rather it was because he spun at Turn 8 bringing the red flags.

“It was a very productive day: plenty of laps, good information, you know, a very different circuit, a lot of different behaviours,” he told the official F1 website.

“So yes, it was nice to get a rhythm in the car on a very different track, very different issues, and yes, towards the end of the day… we were trying the different aero programme on cold tyres and on the Virtual Safety Car I just lost it, and that was it.

“And the end of the day came a bit early for everyone – so everyone can have a bit of a rest now!”

It was a very different outing for the Mexican driver compared to Spain, as not only is the surface of the Sakhir circuit more abrasive but the temperature was also a lot hotter.

Although he finished down in 10th place out of the 15 drivers, Perez was happy with the work done on Thursday.

“Yes, it’s very different; what we had in Barcelona to what we had here, the issues that we had that were there [are] very different, so in general I think yes, a good baseline,” he said.

“Plenty of information to go through and hopefully with Max we are able to do a couple of steps and then, for the final day get our final read on the car.

“Barcelona was all about the front-end limitations for everyone, I think, with the cold temperatures, and here you come to Bahrain, the roughest circuit on the calendar, so automatically you have more rear bias.

 

“So yes, I think just the usual stuff, learning from the balance, from the car, aerodynamics, and so on.”

He added: “I think there is so much we can learn at the moment, so hopefully [I] can have a strong final day [on Saturday] and yes, that will be it for us.”