Perez expects upgraded RP20 for Nurburgring

Jamie Woodhouse

Sergio Perez expects the upgraded RP20 for Eifel Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez missed out on the upgrades at the Russian Grand Prix, but expects to have them at his disposal come the Eifel GP.

Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll received the Racing Point upgrades first for the Tuscan Grand Prix since he was ahead of Perez in the Drivers’ Championship.

But after the Canadian driver crashed during Formula 1’s first race around Mugello it was a race against time to have the new package available for both Stroll and Perez at the Russian Grand Prix.

And sadly it was a race which Racing Point lost.

But that didn’t seem to deter Perez much who qualified P4 for the Russian GP and finished there, capping off a fantastic weekend for the Mexican.

That being said, Perez feared the worst after encountering a lot of wheelspin off the line.

“I was very disappointed and angry after the start because as soon as I released the clutch I went into wheelspin,” he told reporters at the Sochi Autodrom.

“So I’m pleased that things got better. I think the tyre management in the first stint was the key to our race, I could see the Renaults sliding a bit more than myself and progressively I was patient enough to make sure we got them.

“And that first stint just made our race.”

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So Perez achieved that result without the upgraded RP20, but he hopes to have the latest package at his disposal come the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in two weeks’ time.

Asked if he is operating at a whole new level right now, Perez said: “I have a better car and I think people can see that a bit more now,” he said.

“Hopefully now at the Nurburgring I get the upgrade on the car and then we can show even more.”

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer praised Perez and the team for executing his race to perfection.

“A perfectly executed race by Sergio and the team to convert fourth place on the grid into a race result,” he told the Racing Point website.

“Despite dropping back behind the Renaults at the start, he battled back with a combination of overtakes and strategy to score 12 important points.

“A very strong weekend from start to finish.”

Despite missing the British and 70th Anniversary GPs at Silverstone Perez is now only one point behind Stroll in the Drivers’ Championship who crashed out of the Russian GP on Lap 1 after taking a hit from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

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