The Purple Bull driver was delayed leaving his storage for the ultimate Q3 laps as a result of an engine refuelling subject, that means he was late leaving the storage with team-mate Max Verstappen.
As a result of Baku observe traits and its lengthy predominant straight, drivers can discover a chunk of lap time with assistance from a slipstream, which many groups had used to good impact throughout qualifying.
However Purple Bull misplaced the choice forward of the ultimate Q3 run when Perez was caught within the storage as he and Verstappen have been scheduled to move out, with the Mexican feeling he misplaced out on a stronger probability to struggle for pole due to the difficulty.
“It was not a great qualifying as a result of on the finish, we simply had an issue with the engine. We could not flip it on,” Perez stated, qualifying in second place behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 0.282s.
“And that meant that we misplaced [time], I used to be principally by myself. And that is very highly effective round right here.
“Who is aware of if sufficient for pole, however definitely we misplaced just a few tenths. However I believe Charles has an excellent lap.”
Perez added within the post-qualifying press convention: “I would like to talk with the fellows, the automotive wouldn’t activate, so I believe there was a miscommunication.
“However we simply misplaced too many seconds and we obtained out in a rush because it was powerful getting there to make the lap.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18
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Verstappen additionally clarified he hadn’t anticipated to achieve the tow from his Purple Bull team-mate for the ultimate Q3 run as a result of their pre-qualifying run plan, after being heard on workforce radio asking about Perez’s subject.
“No, we have now a given [plan], one weekend Checo is forward out of the field then I’m forward,” he stated.
“So I requested what occurred there and so they stated there was slightly subject that they needed to resolve, in order that’s why it took a bit longer for Checo to come back out of the field.”