The qualifying session was held at the Australian Grand Prix in which the starting order for Sunday’s race was decided. The Mexican Sergio Pérez got the third fastest time of the day just behind his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen and charles leclerc of Ferrari, who got the pole position al for the stopwatch at 1:17.868.
The third weekend of activities in the 2022 Formula season is already underway. After two years of absence in the calendar of the maximum category, the Albert Park Circuit, in Melbourne, is the current setting for a promising career. The dispute between the Austrian and Italian teams already glimpses a new chapter. The numbers dictate that in qualifying the Rosso Corsa they have two victories, for one of the Bulls.
Despite concerns about Czech Around the configuration of the RB18, the pilot knew how to stay among the top positions. After the end of the second free practice sessions, the man from Guadalajara expressed his uncertainty about the performance of his car by assuring that “some things don’t work as expected”. Finally, he managed to get his start in the race from the second row.
“P3 is a good start for tomorrow. Hopefully we can give the fans a good race”, Pérez said once the classification was over. Australia is the country where Czech debuted in the highest category of motorsport.
The order of the grid then was as follows: Leclerc first with 1:17.868; Verstappen second with +0.286; Perez third with 0.372; lando norris fourth with 0.835; Lewis Hamilton fifth with 0.957; George Russell sixth with +1,065; Daniel Ricciardo seventh with 1,164; Stephen Ocon eighth with +1,193; Carlos Sainz Jr. ninth with +1,540, and finally Fernando Alonso in tenth position (he did not set time due to an accident, but by qualifying for Q3 he got the place automatically).
The rest of the drivers were ordered as follows: Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Guanyu Zhou, Mick Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen, Sebastian Vettel, Nicholas Latifi, Alexander Albon and Lance Stroll. They completed the grid.
The day of activities was marked by several accidents that occurred. Stroll and Latifi had a crash in Q1 that put them both out of contention. Also former champions Vettel and Alonso finished off the line.
All the results of Sergio Pérez in Melbourne:
2019 Australian GP: 13th place with Racing Point.
2018 Australian GP: 11th place with Force India.
2017 Australian GP: 7th place with Force India.
2016 Australian GP: 13th place with Force India.
2015 Australian GP: 10th place with Force India.
2014 Australian GP: 10th place with Force India.
2013 Australian GP: 11th place with McLaren.
2012 Australian GP: 8th place with Sauber.
2011 Australian GP: Disqualified with Sauber.
The new year did not start as expected for the Mexican. In the first race of the championship, both he and Verstappen left the event due to car failures. In the case of Czech he lost the podium position one lap from the end of the event. In the second, he finished fourth, but during a good part of the actions he was in first place (a situation with the safety car negatively affected the team’s strategy). He currently has 12 points.
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