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Red Bull ‘miles off’ around Silverstone says Perez – while Verstappen says it’s ‘not a surprise’ to see Ferrari lead FP2 | Formula 1®

Sergio Perez didn’t lower the happiest determine after Friday observe at Silverstone with the Mexican driver explaining that he struggled on his solution to P7 in FP2. Max Verstappen, nonetheless, stated he wasn’t too nervous about Ferrari having set the main tempo.

Friday started with a rainy FP1 session, Perez and Verstappen clocking up simply three laps apiece as solely 10 drivers set a time in opening observe. FP2, nonetheless, was filled with motion, with Carlos Sainz topping the occasions and Lewis Hamilton ending P2 by a tenth of a second. Perez was eight-tenths off Sainz, nonetheless.

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“It wasn’t a great session today,” started Perez. “I believe from our preparation that we had and simulator, the automotive is miles off – so we assume that there’s one thing occurring that we have to perceive. And sure, it was a really, very brief long term there on the finish. So sure, not a fantastic begin. We are a bit on the again foot, so we simply have to grasp what’s occurring with it.

“It’s going to be pretty difficult [to recover] but we’ve done it before and I think as long as we are able to get things in the right place, you need the confidence around these fast corners, so as long as I’m able to get back my confidence, I think things should be alright.”

Asked if he had an thought the place he was dropping tempo, Perez replied: “We do have, I think, there are some [suspicions] on the aerodynamic side but yes, obviously, we cannot go too much into detail.”

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Verstappen – a nominal P20 in that moist FP1 session and fourth in FP2, forward of Charles Leclerc – defined that the dearth of FP1 working might have been responsible for a barely compromised second observe session.

“Yes, I imply it’s at all times a bit tough after not driving in FP1 for everybody, after which FP2 turns into in fact much more of a little bit of guessing, let’s say it like that, the place usually in FP1 you simply construct it up.

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“It was possibly not perfect but additionally not an enormous situation, so I believe we all know what we’ve got to work on and that’s what we’ll attempt to do in a single day, however once more tomorrow most likely it’s raining so we’ve got once more totally different sort of situations. But it was okay.

“[We did a] few laps with the softest compound, which I think is alright. It’s just around here with all the high-speed corners, the tyres in general, they wear a lot. It was always going to be, I think, quite tricky to manage the tyres.”

As for Ferrari’s tempo, Sainz having set the quickest time on Friday, Verstappen wasn’t involved, saying: “Every weekend they are fast, so it’s not a surprise… [But] it was not bad, we’re still in there, there’s still a few things we need to look at, tyres as well – so it’s alright!”

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