Sergio Perez put in a sterling lap in qualifying and appeared to have the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in hand, till the Security Automotive got here out.
Pink Bull had been assured within the undercut technique so Perez pitted, and Charles Leclerc in second place on the time stayed out, however a Digital Security Automotive was referred to as, after which the total Security Automotive, which meant Leclerc may pit at no hurt to his place.
As quoted by GP Followers, Perez mentioned: “[It was] simply unhealthy luck, unhealthy timing [and] I felt I had the race below management then got here this incident with Latifi…Mainly, it damage me and got here on the fallacious level of the race for me. As a driver, there’s nothing you are able to do.
“We had all the things in place and loads of margin for the undercut, sadly, we couldn’t execute what we must always have at this time.”
Then simply as issues appeared like they couldn’t get any worse, they did.
Carlos Sainz was popping out of the pits and was alongside Perez as he entered the monitor – however was crucially nearly in entrance as they reached the Security Automotive line, which in flip meant that Perez needed to give the place again.
From first to fourth all within the area of round 5 minutes.
“It’s a bit painful within the automotive however that is racing. Going into the race, particularly this sort of race as these items can occur, a little bit of unhealthy luck at this time,” he defined. “The crew informed me to offer it again, so I gave it again straight after the protection automotive.”
“They’d extra info; contained in the automotive you don’t know precisely the place you might be for the protection automotive line.
“In that regard, I felt it was the suitable factor to do.”
The System 1 season continues in two weeks’ time with a return to Melbourne.
Whereas the collection was there in 2020, the race weekend by no means went forward as the worldwide pandemic began to take maintain, whereas the occasion was additionally cancelled for 2021.