After a slice of back luck in Jeddah, Sergio Perez is confident that his fortunes will turn around in Australia at the weekend.
The Red Bull driver produced the ‘lap of his life’ to take the first pole position of his Formula 1 career last time out in Saudi Arabia, and had been leading the race well before pitting, but an ill-timed Virtual Safety Car period allowed those around him to pit with less of a loss of time, which eventually dropped him down to P4 in the race.
He had also been running well in Bahrain in the season opener, but both he and team-mate Max Verstappen retired late on in the race, leaving him potentially 25 points short of what his total could be after two races.
But Formula 1 moves on and the sport has rocked up in Australia for the third race of 2022, with a revised Albert Park layout set to be used for the first time.
The battle of the sunnies ⚔️😎 But which pair is @SChecoPerez bringing to the #AusGP? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CaizJ136GA
— Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 4, 2022
Red Bull and Ferrari look set to lock horns again at the front of the field, and Perez hopes to be in the mix once again – hopefully with luck on his side this time.
“It is great to be back in Melbourne after two years away, it is always a fun place to race,” he said. “The fans are always great and I am sure they are very excited to have Formula 1 in Australia again.
“This year the track layout is new so it will be interesting to see how this fresh generation of cars gets on there.
“I did some simulator work at the beginning of the week on the track and I think the changes should be good for the show, it will make things entertaining.
“It has been so close in the races so far and the team and I have been unlucky at times, but I am confident that my luck will change this weekend.
“We have a strong package this season and I can’t wait to get in the car again to see what we can do.”
The new track layout in Australia is set to be faster, with lap times predicted to fall by up to five seconds, and a record four DRS zones will be in place at the weekend.
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