Perez reveals issues with Jeddah track – “Too risky without reason”

Sergio Perez revealed his issues with the Jeddah track, and called it dangerous and risky.

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit will be hosting the Saudi GP on Sunday. Free Practice and qualifying were absolute on-the-limit affairs, with speed taking precedence over everything else.

However, speed also saw mistakes, terrible racing incidents and a horrific crash take place. The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc went into the wall in FP2, with his car looking completely unrecognisable after the shunt.

Perez revealed his issues with the Jeddah track, and described it as dangerous and unnecessarily risky.

“It’s a really nice circuit, very dangerous though in terms of there is a lot of straights that are turning, cornering and blind corners,” the Mexican explained, as quoted by The Race.

“When you look at some of the onboards, it’s quite scary. I hope nothing (bad) happens tomorrow. I just feel the track is a bit too risky without reason, with the speeds we are doing with the deltas around the track from some other cars, and it’s a bit unnecessary.

Sergio Perez's Red Bull during Saudi Arabian GP qualifying. Jeddah December 2021.
Perez (in front) in action at Jeddah. Source:

“But I think probably it’s something we can review after the weekend.”

Big challenge

Perez also talked about how it was to race on the track, and said that it was very demanding and required every bit of focus that could be mustered.

“It’s pretty demanding,” he continued.  

“This place and this track is extremely demanding. It puts a lot of stress on your body and mentally, session after session to be there, it wasn’t an easy one. Dominated by the tyres, basically.

“We really struggled with that. In the end, the approach we had for Q3 probably wasn’t ideal. I couldn’t match my Q2 lap time on the mediums and not an ideal result.

“But the race will be so long, there is so much to play for still, so anything can happen,” je concluded.

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