Sergio Perez said today’s qualifying session was his “toughest” for Red Bull so far after suffering pain with his shoulder.Max Verstappen will line up second.
“It was a bit of a struggle,” said Perez. “I didn’t feel 100% with myself today.
“I had a bit of an issue with my shoulder through qualifying, and I was just feeling bad all the way through it.”
Perez said the problem with his left shoulder was “just getting worse and worse as quali developed and I struggled a bit more with it.”
“I don’t think it’s something I’ve done with the car,” he added. “We don’t know 100% what it is but we’re pretty confident that we can be back to form for tomorrow.”
Red Bull has “reviewed everything” to improve Perez’s comfort. “We should be back to 100% tomorrow.”
Although he reached the top 10 in qualifying, a spin at the start of Q3 consigned Perez to a fourth-row start.
“It was just a bad day. I didn’t get a good lap throughout the day. Q1 was looking alright, but we didn’t make any progress after that. I wasn’t 100% so it was very hard to get the best out of the car in qualifying.”
“It’s been the toughest qualifying,” he admitted. “Not feeling 100% physically was a big limitation.”
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