Sergio Pérez was disappointed to drop several positions on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, with the sluggish getaway preventing him from bettering seventh at the chequered flag.
The BWT Racing Point Formula One Team racer had started inside the top four after an impressive team display during Saturday’s Qualifying session, but the slow start dropped him down the order. And with overtaking notoriously difficult at the Hungaroring, it made for a tricky afternoon for the Mexican.
Pérez did survive one off-track moment that almost resulted in him crashing out, but he fought on to the end to finish a lapped seventh, just behind Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
“It was a shame about my start,” said Pérez. “I just picked up a lot of wheelspin in the first phase and that cost us a lot of positions.
“It’s always tricky to recover at the Hungaroring, but we tried our best and I had some good battles. I had a few adventures out there too and I ran wide – in the dry – and was lucky not to touch the wall.”
One positive Pérez could take away from the Hungaroring was the pace of the RP20 which, when in clean air, was strong, with the result of team-mate Lance Stroll confirming Racing Point have a decent car at this stage of the season.
“When I did get some clean air, I could show the pace of the car, but the time I lost on lap one was costly,” said the Mexican. “The main thing is that we’ve scored more points for the team and are now just behind third place in the Constructors’ Championship.”