Formula 1 Racing

Perez relieved with third on grid after “worst weekend”

Sergio Perez, Red Bull, Paul Ricard, 2022

In the round-up: Sergio Perez says third on the grid for the French Grand Prix was a good result after his “worst weekend” of preparation for a qualifying session this season

In brief

Perez was outside of the top four positions in all three practice session across Friday and Saturday but took third on the grid for today’s race, 0.159 slower than team mate Max Verstappen. The hot conditions at Paul Ricard posed a set-up challenge, Perez admitted awterwards.

“We’ve been playing around with the set-up quite a bit since the beginning of the weekend,” he said.

“It’s very, very hot and somehow I’ve been struggling a lot, you know, it has been probably my worst weekend up to now in terms of preparation for qualifying. So it’s a decent result to pull it back.”

New Aston Martin floor was “breaking up” in third practise – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel said his preparation for qualifying was affected by a new floor specification “breaking up” during practice, limiting his running.

The Aston Martin driver was knocked out of Q2 in 14th place. Earlier in Saturday’s practice session, Vettel had only completed 11 laps – fewer than any other driver – and set his session-best time before the midway point in the session.

“We had an issue with the floor,” Vettel explained. “It was a new floor, but it was breaking up.

“We fixed it, not in time for third practice, so we had no run in the end, but in time for quali. Hopefully it’s fine for [the race], but I think we did what we could.”

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