Checo Perez Shines at Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying: Red Bull’s Battle for Victory

2024-04-20 08:26:04

When Czech Perez said that he Shanghai International Circuit was ‘truculent’, he did not clarify whether there would be nerves surrounding his qualification. The Mexican pilot to red bull He had a turbulent quality, and even flirted with leaving in Q1.

Still, used to adversity, Pérez Mendoza complied and will start in second position during the early hours this Sunday (Mexico City time) in return of Chinese Grand Prixwith the task of reaching the podium for the fourth time so far in the 2024 season of Formula 1.

From the first part of the session #11 suffered, first from an obstacle of Alexander Albonwho despite having Thai nationality was born in London and that for The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is reason enough to exempt any penalty.

But, although it is very attractive to blame the pilot for WilliamsCheco’s snort and his liberating “damn, it was close” were evidence of a risky strategy that the Mexican – with used tires – narrowly missed, passing in fifteenth, holding his breath until the last second of Q1.

For the second round, calm returned to Red Bull with one Max Verstappen dominant and Pérez behind him, having stopped the ‘miracle of Ferrari‘. And that’s it Carlos Sainz He was nowhere near today’s feat after suffering a spin and breaking his nose SF24

The Spaniard spun and slid off track to crash into the wall, causing the only red flag of qualifying, possibly a harbinger of things to come in the GP. But with the forced break, the Scuderia engineers salvaged what was salvageable in the car, and the Madrid native (and Madridista) returned to the track to settle into second, until Sergio looked set to close just two tenths behind Max.

At the end of the classification, already on soft tyres, the Jalisco rider shook off the pressure imposed by Sainz, Charles Leclerc y Fernando Alonso to sign the second 1-2 on the grid in 2024, leaving everything in place to once again face Verstappen – pole sitter for the sixth time in a row – and battle him for victory.

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“Good result,” said Checo, with the satisfaction of having lived up to expectations on a track that promises fun for the fans and suffering for the drivers.

I trust that I can fight: Checo Pérez

Be close to the best times Max Verstappen It is becoming more and more common too Czech Perezwho will try to battle his Red Bull teammate in the return of the Chinese GP to the F1 calendar.

“It was very intense, I was almost left out in Q1, Williams blocked me. In Q2 I went off balance but I made progress, it wasn’t enough to catch Max but it was a good job by the team,” commented the man from Guadalajara after qualifying.

“I’m sure we can fight, I can have a great race pace and I want to put that into practice in the Grand Prix,” he said.

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