Sergio Perez retired after a challenging opening day of the 2022 Formula One season for Red Bull in Bahrain, following squad member Max Verstappen.
In the final minutes of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Sergio Perez thought he was on his way to a “easy” podium, only to be forced out due to some technical troubles.
Perez had secured third after teammate and defending World Champion Max Verstappen retired due to his own problems, with Red Bull’s weekend-long pace unravelling due to reliability issues.
Perez fell out at Turn 1 on the closing laps as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton pursued him down, sealing a double DNF for Red Bull in the season-opening race.
Perez miss out on “easy” podium after engine “cuts off”
Red Bull has yet to reveal the actual cause of Perez and Verstappen’s problems, but the Mexican has been left to lament a podium result.
“It just felt like a couple of laps before the end that I was losing a bit of power – the engine was cutting off at times,” Perez told Sky Sports F1.
“We knew there was an issue, we knew what happened to Max and, unfortunately, it just happened [to me] on the last lap.
“We were easily on the podium. We held back Lewis, which was tough, as he was very fast at the end, so it’s a bit of a shame that we didn’t get the result.”
Is Red Bull capable of resolving their problems for Saudi Arabia?
Perez is hopeful that Red Bull might have a swift remedy to their problems with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix just seven days away.
“We are a great team,” Perez stressed, when asked about Red Bull getting on top of their problems over the next week.
“I really believe in the team and I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it.
“It’s a very disappointing day, it’s a disappointing start for our season, but we know how long Formula 1 years can be.”
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