Sergio Perez Fastest On Day 1 At COTA

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda of The Americas on October 22, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202110221235 // Usage for editorial use only //
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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has topped the timesheets on the opening day of the FORMULA 1 ARAMCO UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX 2021 with a time of 1:34.946 to get off to the best possible start to the weekend.

“Today was a good day and FP2 was promising, but it’s going to be very tight in qualifying tomorrow. Mercedes were certainly very strong so let’s see what they have when it counts. I think we have to find a couple of tenths and put everything together to be in the mix for pole. There’s a lot to be done now with the engineers to try and improve the car, I think there is some margin to improve our long run pace and our tyre degradation, but all in all it was a positive Friday,” said Perez.

For Max Verstappen it was a frustrating day with traffic issues compromising his fast laps, and as a result he could only manage eighth fastest.

“Overall it wasn’t easy out there today, the track is quite bumpy and to find the right compromise on the car hasn’t been the easiest but there are a few positive things to look at and we’ll continue to work on that overnight. In FP2, we didn’t manage to put the lap in on the soft tyre and it was also just a bit of a mess with the traffic. Hopefully everything will come together tomorrow so we can get a good lap in qualifying,” said Verstappen.

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