Red Bull RB18's fragility 'certainly a concern' for Sergio Perez

With Red Bull recording three retirements in three races, Sergio Perez admits the RB18’s reliability is “certainly a concern”.

He, however, is convinced Red Bull will resolve their issues.

While both RB18s retired at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, both in podium contention when their fuel systems broke, Saudi Arabia was better with Max Verstappen taking the win.

But, one race later, the defending World Champion again lost points, retiring from the Australian Grand Prix while up in second place.

That elevated Perez to P2, the Mexican driver claiming his first podium result of the season.

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It was a bitter-sweet one given the team’s on-going reliability issues.

“It’s certainly a concern,” Perez said when asked about the fragility of the RB18.

“We’ve lost a lot of points already in these first three races that in the end can make a huge difference in the championship. So we are obviously aware of it.

“All the team back home in Milton Keynes, here, are working flat out to try to come up with solutions.

“We don’t know exactly the issue on Max’s car. So yeah, we will see and I’m sure we will turn things around and hopefully we can start again from zero when we go back to Europe.”

Reliability, though, is not Red Bull’s only concern.

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko recently concedes that it is just one of their problems, the other being the weight of their 2022 car and the pace of the Ferraris.

Even though Perez was runner-up in Melbourne, he crossed the line more than 20 seconds behind Charles Leclerc who became the 26th driver in F1 history to secure a Grand Slam.

“I think Ferrari was super strong,” Perez said. “We couldn’t match them at any point.

“I think it’s the first weekend that they are a step ahead. In the race, they were on another level.

 

“I think we also were a bit too poor with our balance. We took a bit of the wrong directions with the car.

“So, I think there is good analysis to be done. We run the two cars a bit different. So, I think there is a good analysis to do.

“I’m sure we will learn a lot from this weekend because… yeah, we seem to be a bit harder on the tyres than Ferrari.”

While Verstappen has lost 34 points in total with his two DNFs, Red Bull’s total loss is 49 points.

The team has fallen to third in the Constructors’ Championship with 55 points, 49 behind Ferrari.

 

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