Sergio Perez says he is rebuilding his confidence after his disastrous Saturday at the Australian Grand Prix four weeks ago.
He enjoyed a smoother qualifying in session in Baku, taking third on the grid, having been just a tenth of a second slower than team mate Max Verstappen. “It’s much better being P3 than not even making it through Q1,” he reflected afterwards.
“I think I’m getting back my confidence,” said Perez. “It really knocked my confidence quite a bit, if I’m honest, what happened in Melbourne.
“Especially with a three-week break and then you go straight into qualifying, pretty much. It’s all about braking here, having that confidence on the braking and I think I’m getting there.”
Going into this weekend Perez said his Melbourne struggles “obviously stay in the back of your mind” but he had gained some understanding of what had gone wrong.
“You have to reset yourself and move on from that. I think there were many specific issues that we had, all that day.
“It was a horrible day that Saturday, FP3 and quali, really bad. But I think we understood a lot of the problems that we had.
“It was not just a single problem that would be really easy just to get rid of. It was a combination of a few things that caused us to have these problems.”
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