Sergio Perez may have taken his 5th Formula 1 career win at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but trouble could be coming at Red Bull.
Sergio Perez took a dominant lights to flag win at yesterdays Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah but is not happy with the way that Red Bull dealt with the race. The Mexican has called for a review of the drivers positions within the team after him and teammate Max Verstappen were given different information during the closing stages of the race.
Perez was told to 'uneccessarily' push at the end of the race around the narrow Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Him and Max Verstappen were trading fast lap times throughout the race as the two pulled away from the rest of the field eventually finishing 17 seconds ahead of 3rd place Fernando Alonso. However both Red Bull drivers were not entirely comfortable with the situation in their cars as Perez reported a long brake pedal on the radio while Verstappen was nervous about vibrations coming from an already replaced gearbox and driveshaft after a failure in qualifying saw him start 15th on the grid,
As the race came into its final laps both Perez and Verstappen were told that the team were not worried about going for the fastest lap which awards the fastest driver 1 point. Perez was holding the fastest lap point going on the final lap however when told to maintain his pace Verstappen said he wanted to go for the fastest lap despite being told not to. The two time world champion finished the race 5 seconds behind Perez and taking the fastest lap on the final lap.
This left Perez to question whether or not Verstappen was given different information, given how Verstappen has reacted in the past when it comes to who gets priority in certain situations. It seemed to have annoyed the race winner as that single point would have put him just a point ahead in the standings something that Perez has never done before.
When talking to the media after the race Perez said “I asked two laps from the end when they told me to keep a certain pace.”
“They told me I had the fastest lap and to keep the pace at a certain pace. I thought the communication was the same to Max, I think we need to review the different information and I just couldn’t push then in the end.”
Asked if he was happy at the end of the race, Perez was unsure whether or not it was right to be racing right up until the final lap of the race considering the failure that had hampered his teammate in qualifying the day before.
“I was just thinking about the car and just making sure… I was having some strange vibrations and obviously, what happened to Max was on the back of my mind today and I’m sure it was on the back of the mind of the team as well. So it was just a matter of making sure both cars finished to maximise maximum points.”