Despite his fourth-place starting position, Sergio Perez is not very happy about his qualifying performance for Sunday’s Portuguese GP.
The Mexican had troubles finding the right tyre working window on the track surface, something that even Max Verstappen has been vocal about.
“I didn’t feel comfortable with the car at all,” Perez told the media.
“I was unable to get the best out of my tyres so we’ve got some work to do to understand that.
“I’m not very pleased with the progression I have had this weekend. I mainly did the same lap times as FP1. It’s a very tricky track.
“When you do not have that confidence in Portimao, it’s a big killer. Conditions were tricky as well so we will just have to go through it and see what we are able to do better for the next time.”
The Portimao track surface has been a subject for discussion for many drivers who have been struggling with the optimal tyre use.
“I think it’s probably a step worse this year because we have less downforce on the cars and the tyres are probably a step worse than last year,” said Perez.
“I mean, the lap times are crazy compared to last year, I think about a second a lap slower. There’s a big lack of grip.”
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