Red Bull’s Sergio Perez bullish about F1 Driver’s Championship chances: I’m still in contention

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez remains optimistic about his Driver’s Championship chances and said that he cannot afford to lose points during the French GP.

Perez says he is still in contention for the Championship (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Perez is currently third in the Driver’s standings
  • The Mexican driver feels he cannot afford to drop points at the French GP
  • Perez feels that Circuit Paul Ricard will provide a stern challenge for the drivers

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez remains bullish about his Driver’s Championship chances, saying that he is still in contention for the title this season.

Perez has been in fine form this season and was at a point in second place in the standings. However, two DNFs in the last four races have delivered major blows to his title pursuit. Currently, he is in third place with 151 points and 57 behind teammate Max Verstappen.

However, the Mexican remains optimistic about his chances and said, as quoted by Fi.com, that it will be important to not lose more points during the French Grand Prix this weekend.

“After a tough weekend in Austria, it’s great to be back racing and have a chance to put things right,” Perez said.

“We have had two DNFs in the past three races and we can’t afford that in the Championships so I’m aiming to change that this weekend in France.

“I’m still in contention for the Drivers’ Championship, so personally it is also important not to lose any more points,” said Perez.

The Circuit Paul Ricard, with its specific layout and high temperatures, will prove to be a tough outing and Perez believes that it will provide a stern test for the drivers on the grid.

“Last year I scored my second podium with the Team in France and I am very looking forward to trying to repeat that,” he added.

“Paul Ricard is a challenging track because there are different racing lines you can take through the corners and it’s not easy to know which is the best one to use.

“The high temperatures will also be a factor to consider this weekend, physically it look like it will be a very demanding race and we will have to see how it goes with the tyre degradation because of the heat,” said Perez.

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