Sergio Perez believes he might pump in 2000 laps and wouldn’t be capable of replicate his Saudi Arabia pole lap.
Whereas all of the speak was a couple of Charles Leclerc-Max Verstappen scrap for pole on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, it was Perez who gatecrashed the social gathering, snatching pole for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from Leclerc.
It’s Perez’s first pole place in Components 1, whereas he’s additionally the primary Mexican polesitter within the historical past of the collection.
“Thanks guys…laborious work at all times pays off, man,” mentioned Perez as he crossed the road and was congratulated by his Crimson Bull crew on the pole, a 1:28.2 in Jeddah that represented a dream lap.
“What a lap, unbelievable,” he informed Sky Sports activities F1.
“I might do 2,000 laps and I don’t assume I might beat that lap. It was unbelievable. We had been probably not anticipating to match the Ferraris in qualifying. We had been focusing primarily into the race, so hopefully we’ll get them tomorrow.”
Crimson Bull principal Christian Horner was equally as thrilled with Perez’s achievement, describing his efficiency as “unbelievable”.
“I’m simply so so happy for Checo, that lap was mighty,” Horner informed Sky Sports activities F1.
“We might see it coming, it was coming it was coming, however the Ferraris put down such a aggressive marker and for Checo to go and try this!
“Solely the second time I believe he’s outqualified Max and to place in a lap like that, right here, on the hardest most harmful circuit that we go to, an unbelievable efficiency from him!
“No matter he had for lunch, breakfast and dinner final night time, we’re going to provide him the identical tomorrow!
“An outstanding perfomance for him and simply so joyful for him, he’s labored extremely laborious, I believe the automobile this yr is extra suited to his model, it’s not fairly as quirky as final yr’s automobile and he’s carried out an excellent job there.”
Verstappen solely managed P4 on the grid for Sunday’s race, so might Perez, who has at all times been thought of the race specialist, now change into an everyday risk on Saturdays?
Horner acknowledged that by Perez’s personal admission, qualifying has not been a power, so hopes this pole will show to be a giant confidence booster.
“I believe Saturdays by his personal admission have by no means been the strongest a part of his armoury, he’s at all times come alive on race day,” Horner defined.
“So to ship that sort of efficiency at this circuit, that’s nice for him, it’ll do his confidence a world of fine and we simply must convert that into an excellent consequence tomorrow.”
For the reason that Verstappen-Perez partnership started in 2021, it has been Verstappen offering the overwhelming majority of Crimson Bull’s success, so Horner believes that this pole will now elevate Perez’s facet of the storage.
“I believe it lifts everyone, significantly Checo’s facet of the storage, there’s been a whole lot of profitable on the left-hand facet of the storage, for the right-hand facet crew, they’ve been so supportive,” mentioned Horner.
“We’re one group, however to have their driver get that consequence after all of the laborious work that’s entering into is admittedly spectacular.”