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Sergio Perez mentioned the “epic” ultimate laps of the British Grand Prix reminded him of his junior system profession, after the Mexican labored his manner as much as P2 following an amazing scrap with Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton – having been final at one level.

Contact with Leclerc on the race restart – which got here after a Turn 1 crash on the unique begin had introduced out the crimson flags – compelled Perez to pit for a brand new entrance wing, dropping him to P17 and final, and forcing him to place in a mammoth 35-lap stint on a set of medium tyres.

But the Mexican then bought his simply desserts, as a Lap 39 Safety Car allowed him to pit for contemporary softs. From there, he engaged in a charming duel (under) with Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc – Perez ending second to maiden winner Carlos Sainz.

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“It was getting troublesome in direction of the top of the stint, preserving that tempo, making an attempt to open a little bit of a window to… Fernando [Alonso] and Lando [Norris], making an attempt to get the window on them after which when the Safety Car got here out, it meant we have been in P4 so it was likelihood. Then it was an epic ultimate laps. Those laps jogged my memory of the junior sequence, the place we’re all racing and having loads of enjoyable.

“Those final laps were a great fight with Lewis – it has been so long since we had a good fight so it was great to have him back and also with Charles, he was very aggressive but fair and I’m sure the fans enjoyed it.”

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The Mexican driver – nonetheless second within the championship and now 34 factors behind group mate Max Verstappen (P7 at Silverstone) – mentioned he took the “worst part” of the Lap 3 race restart battle towards Verstappen and Leclerc.

“It was unlucky with Charles on the primary lap; there was not a lot room for 3 automobiles and sadly I took the worst a part of it, I bought entrance wing harm, which on these automobiles, it is mentioned, it does not have an effect on that a lot – however for me, I had no front-end, so I used to be compelled to pit and mainly I went all the way in which to final and simply recovered from there lap after lap.

“At some point it was looking like a P4, P5, and then we got in the mix for the podium and we just went for it.”

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The F1.com Driver of the Day did nevertheless admit that after clearing Leclerc and Hamilton, eventual winner Sainz was too distant for him to catch.

“He was too far. I think he was three and a half seconds at some point, so he was just too far at that point.”

Austria is up subsequent, Red Bull’s eponymous venue one on which Perez has a finest end of P6 in F1 – with the Sprint to return on the weekend of July 8-10.

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