Sergio Perez admitted he was too hasty with his attempted pass on Alexander Albon at the end of the Styrian Grand Prix, which led to contact between the two.
The wing sunk on its mounting, costing Perez valuable time over the final laps. That allowed Lando Norris was able to catch and pass the wounded Racing Point car at the final corner.
“We tried everything,” said Perez. “I went for it. I was pushing Albon the last 10 laps very close but I couldn’t get him.
“I saw the room and I went for it. Unfortunately, right at the end, we clipped and I broke my front wing, which cost me quite a lot of rhythm later on.”
Perez narrowly beat team mate Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo to the finishing line, the trio separated by a tenth of a second as they took the chequered flag
“One more lap [and] we may have been out of the points,” he admitted. “Luckily we managed to get the result.
“If I were in that situation again I would have not gone for it,” Perez added. “I’m happy that we gave it all.”
“I think we were once again in the race very unlucky. We should have been in fourth, not fifth. But I think it’s a good recovery. Good amount of points for the team. And now it’s game on for Hungary.”
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