Sergio Perez blames Red Bull

Sergio Perez is on the chopping block at Red Bull amid a decline in form.

Sergio Perez faced another embarrassing early exit from qualifying on Saturday at the British Grand Prix, with the Mexican having been dumped out in Q1.

The Red Bull driver could only claim P16 in the opening part of qualifying, as the 33-year-old struggled in changing conditions once again.

Perez’s early elimination means he’s now gone five races without progressing to Q3, whereas team-mate Max Verstappen is on a run of five consecutive pole positions.

In the dry Perez has looked good at the Silverstone International Circuit; however, a few drops of rain in qualifying threw him off.

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The circuit was predominantly dry on Saturday in Q1, only for a light shower to make the surface slippery in places.

Perez simply couldn’t crack the conditions, which left him in desperate need of a quick time when a red flag was flown with just over three minutes remaining.

A red flag was required after Kevin Magnussen grinded to a halt, meaning all the remaining drivers returned to the pits.

Aware that he needed a good lap, Red Bull fitted Checo with a set of fresh Soft tyres and sent him to the end of the pit-lane in order to be the first driver back onto the circuit.

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However, the red flag stoppage was longer than expected, leaving Perez to sit at the end of the pit-lane for almost 10 minutes.

It meant his tyres lost considerable temperature, something he admitted “didn’t help” his push for a spot in Q2.

He ultimately couldn’t go fast enough to be amongst the top 15, although he will start the race in P15 after Valtteri Bottas was disqualified from qualifying.

Perez will once again have to fight through the field should he wish to claim a podium on Sunday, something he successfully achieved last weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix.

He has called for Red Bull to improve the car when in changeable conditions though, with the Mexican admitting that his struggles with the RB19 “become more apparent” when the weather varies.

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“The red flag lasted longer than we predicted initially, that didn’t help the temperature of the tyre,” Perez told reporters.

“It’s just a shame to lose out because we had a great Friday and the race pace was looking really good. Starting from the back, it’s going to be another race where we try to minimise the damage.

“In these conditions is where I struggle the most with the car. My issues with the car become more apparent in the changeable conditions. So I think it’s something that, as a group, we need to get on top of and understand what we are able to do better. Simple as that.”