Sergio Perez reveals that the “wrong” strategy that contributed to him being eliminated in Q2 at the Las Vegas Grand
On Formula 1’s debut weekend at the new Las Vegas Strip Circuit, Mexican driver Sergio Perez failed to advance to the final phase of qualifying for the ninth time this season. Perez completed his final run in the second stage earlier, allowing other drivers to improve their times late in the session. The decision to not be on track when the surface was at its grippiest was made beforehand and proved to be costly. Perez mentioned that they were lucky to make it through Q1 and finishing Q2 early meant missing out on track evolution. The combination of relaid asphalt and colder track conditions made it challenging for the drivers, with many teams running alternative warm-up routines to generate tire temperature. Perez admitted that they lacked pace in qualifying and is optimistic about having a stronger race pace. However, he is cautious about potential high tire degradation during the race. Ultimately, Perez will start in 11th position due to a grid penalty for another driver.