Checo was heartbroken not to complete a lap in Q3 at the Brazilian GP.
The Mexican driver regretted the incidents that prevented him from riding the Interlagos circuit in the final round of qualifying, where he had a step closer to Max Verstappen, who took Pole Position.
A problem with one of his tires, in addition to the yellow flag that caused an incident with Oscar Piastri and the rain that fell on the track, meant that Checo could not set the times in his first test, because the FIA decided to terminate. premature qualification due to weather conditions.
“My lap was very close to Max’s until the last corner and I ran into the yellow flag, so I had to back off. And this means I’m not going anymore,” he said in the media area of the Sao Paulo circuit.
“It was very unfortunate because yes, I feel like we did much better today,” said Checo after his performance this Friday.
¡NO LE ALCANZÓ A CHECO Y QUEDÓ EN NOVENO! 😫#F1xFSMX | La bandera amarilla por la salida de Piastri no fue suficiente ventaja para el mexicano.
Por la lluvia en Interlagos la clasificación quedaría así:
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CZECH IN BRAZIL?
“Damn, and there’s no rain.”
Rain and Oscar Piastri ruined for Checo Pérez a qualification that seemed to almost completely escape his complicated moment in Formula 1.
And the Mexican ended up cursing his RB19, after the FIA prematurely ended Q3 on Friday, when Checo rolled his first lap to record his time at the Interlagos circuit.
After the first two qualifying sessions, Red Bull decided that Checo would be the last driver to exit Q3, after finding a problem with his tires. This affected the Mexican, as the threat of rain was hidden in Sao Paulo.
Checo started behind Oscar Piastri with less than 8 minutes left in his first lap. The Australian driver launched his attempt, but ended up in a corner, causing the yellow flag.
The Piastri incident took time from Checo, who in seven minutes started all his RB19 to find that lap that would allow him to go up in qualifying. When Checo was still in his turn, the FIA decided to end the qualification due to the weather conditions on the track.
Checo could only go up to ninth, and this was due to the incident that Piastri suffered a few times before.