Red Bull Working To Close Gap To Ferrari After Day 1 In Monaco

F1 Grand Prix Of Monaco Practice - Sergio Perez - Red Bull Racing
F1 Grand Prix Of Monaco Practice - Sergio Perez - Red Bull Racing

With Ferrari looking strong after Friday’s practice sessions in Monaco, the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have work to do to close the gap before Saturday’s all-important qualifying session.

Sergio Perez

“It’s really nice to be back driving in Monaco, it’s always fun out there! It has been a good few sessions today for us but the long runs were a bit difficult with the traffic, I couldn’t do more than two laps consistently. All in all we seem to be lacking a bit compared to the Ferraris, they seem really strong. We will analyse the data and see what we can do but they seem to be very quick today. We were a little surprised by the gap to them today, we were expecting a gap but not such a gap as we’ve seen today. It means there is plenty of work to do and we will see tomorrow, Q3 is when it matters.”

Max Verstappen

“We tried quite a few different things with our set up today to see how the car is behaving, I was happier with the car in FP1 than in FP2. If we get better balance we can attack the corners a bit more, then of course our lap times will improve. Clearly compared to Ferrari we still need to find more pace, so now it’s all about fine tuning and finding a better balance. The track feels different this year with the new cars, the cars are a bit heavier and slower and a bit more bumpy because they are stiffer. It’s still very hectic to drive around here and I can’t wait for qualifying tomorrow.”

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