"Not the worst place to be around here" – Red Bull's Sergio Perez content with P2 starting slot after 2022 F1 Belgian GP qualifying – Sportskeeda

Sergio Perez is happy with his starting position at the 2022 F1 Belgian GP after missing out pole to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in qualifying.
The first race after the summer break saw multiple drivers pick up penalties for changing Power Unit (PU) components. This is primarily due to the fast nature of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which encourages overtaking.
Sergio Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen was the fastest man on Saturday, but will start the race in P15 owing to his PU changes. The Mexican’s time of 1:44.462 could only get him a P3 and was pipped by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who will start from the front of the grid for only the second time in his career.
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In his parc-ferme interview with Naomi Schiff for Sky Sports, Checo did not appear too disheartened over losing the battle for pole. Sergio Perez said:
When asked if he felt Red Bull’s apparent pace advantage over Ferrari around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps could help him overhaul Sainz, Perez said:
Sergio Perez believes Ferrari is still faster than Red Bull in the 2022 F1 season and his team needs to keep pushing if it wants to win the world championships.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit currently has a solid lead over Ferrari in the World Constructors’ Championship with nine rounds of racing left this year. Meanwhile, Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc by 80 points in the fight for the Drivers’ title.
Sergio Perez has not been as fortunate as the defending world champion. He was within 15 points of Max Verstappen after winning the 2022 F1 Monaco GP. Since then, however, his potential title charge has been derailed. In the last six races he has run this year, the Mexican has had two podiums and two DNFs. The 32-year-old was also jostled off the podium in France and Hungary just before the start of the summer break.
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In an interview with Motorsport, Perez opened up about his season so far. He said:
Sergio Perez will be hoping to return to winning ways for the first time since this year’s race at the Principality when the lights go out on race day for the 2022 F1 Belgian GP.


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