Even if he unfairly lost his steering wheel at the end of the year at Racing Point, Sergio Pérez, a true professional, is not lacking in his good old habits.
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His brilliant fourth place on Sunday in the Eifel Grand Prix, combined with the 8th position of his weekend-long teammate Nico Hülkenberg, allows the team led by Lawrence Stroll to occupy the third place in the manufacturer’s ranking behind the untouchables Mercedes and Red Bull.
Can this team do without such a reliable driver? To ask the question, is to answer it.
Racing Point, which will become Aston Martin, has now accumulated 120 points since the start of the season, four more than McLaren and six more than Renault.
The “best of … others”
These teams are now engaged in a heated struggle to become the “best of … others”. And forget Ferrari, dropped to the sixth rung with only 80 points.
“I’m a little frustrated with my result,” said Pérez at the end of the race. A podium [qui aurait été son premier depuis le 29 avril 2018 en Azerbaïdjan] was very likely if the safety car had not intervened fifteen laps from the end of the race.
“I caught up with Daniel Ricciardo who was riding with more worn tires than mine, but the pit stops during the neutralization changed everything. I was never able to get close enough to him after the restart of the event. ”
One thing is certain, Racing Point must be very happy to be able to count on such a reliable driver who hardly ever makes mistakes.
A safe bet
As for Hülkenberg, named driver of the day, he too did the job by making the finish eighth on the Nürburgring circuit. Not bad for a pilot who, the day before, had been called to occupy Lance Stroll’s seat, unavailable in Germany apparently due to stomach aches caused by food poisoning.
“I never thought I could go from last place on the starting grid to eighth,” exclaimed the German driver as he got out of the car. What a great story!
“It is certain that certain withdrawals improved my lot, he continued, but I really fought during the whole race.”
In his two starts at Racing Point this year, Hülkenberg has finished in points every time. This is called a safe bet.