Sergio Perez tumbled out of Q2 for the ninth time this season after an odd call from Red Bull in qualifying for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s decision to not complete a second run in Q2 and bringing only three sets of tyres in qualifying backfired, resulting in Sergio Perez starting from 11th. The strategy was criticized, and Perez admitted that they were caught off guard by the new track. The team will discuss internally to understand what went wrong. Perez mentioned that the race will be interesting due to various factors, including temperature. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explained that Perez went a little early in his lap and was a tenth short. Jenson Button and Danica Patrick both criticized Red Bull’s strategy and felt that Perez should have approached qualifying differently. Ferrari’s strong performance in practice and qualifying sets them up for a potential victory over Red Bull. Horner acknowledged Ferrari’s speed and praised Charles Leclerc, making the race more intriguing. Horner also noted that the race at this track will be different and expects plenty of overtaking opportunities.