Perez: It’s important not to let Alonso’s lion go first

Sergio Perez will start from pole in Jeddah, but fears the attacks of Fernando Alonso, who even called the “lion” because of the aggressive style of pilots.

The Mexican Red Bull Racing driver will start the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from the front row, but next to his RB19 on the grid is the two-time world champion’s car. Charles Leclerc, who finished second in qualifying, lost ten positions due to a penalty and Max Verstappen was unlucky, on Saturday he was prevented by technical problems at the most inopportune moment and therefore only start in 15th.

“When planning a race I don’t think about Max,” said Sergio. – The primary task is to hold onto the lead in the early laps and not let this lion get ahead of Alonso. It will be great if it works, then I can focus on my own race.

Of course we have a fast car. In this respect we probably have an advantage over our rivals. But a lot depends on how events develop. A lot can happen during the race and I expect Max to bounce back.

In practice on Friday the car was capable of a high race pace, so we’ll see. Let’s hope we can earn maximum points for the team because every weekend is very important as the rivalry will only escalate.

In addition, we are always concerned about an aspect like reliability, especially on this track. Here you can easily damage the car, but I hope that something like this will not happen tomorrow.

Although Fernando Alonso stressed that his main task is not to attack Pérez, but to hold back the attack of Ferrari and Mercedes that start behind him, there is no doubt that if the Spaniard has the chance to take the lead, he takes his foot off the gas.

Source: F1 News

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