Perez expecting strong points haul in Germany

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Sergio Perez is expecting to come away from the German Grand Prix with a good haul of points following a disappointing weekend at Silverstone last time out.

The Mexican driver qualified seventh for the British Grand Prix, but dropped to the back of the field following contact with Jean-Eric Vergne on the opening lap of the race. Despite fighting his way back to P11 following the red flag, he still feels that the pace of the car was lacking.

“Silverstone was a bit worse than expected,” he explained. “Obviously the contact that I had with Vergne when he collided into my car was really bad because that put me last for the restart, so had make up everything.

“In the end, we finished 11th, just out of the points, but still, the pace wasn’t really there. All weekend we struggled.”

This time around, he is expecting a weekend more like the one he enjoyed in Austria, where he finished an excellent sixth despite having a grid penalty after qualifying.

“I expect this weekend that we will be back to our level, and I expect to come out of the weekend with a good amount of points for our fight between for fourth position in the constructors’,” he said. “I think here, for the good of the team, for the confidence of the whole team, we should be really, really strong in this place.”

Perez also confirmed in the media session that Force India would not be using the FRIC system on its car, the legality of which has been called into question by the FIA.

“We won’t run it I think,” Perez explained. “It’s pretty much taken the decision from the senior management that we won’t run it. I don’t know how much it will affect us, but I don’t expect it will have a big impact on our car.

“Some teams, of course, they have developed the system and have a much advanced system than us, and have a bigger impact than we will.”

Formula 1: Ricciardo nurses power unit trouble to win in Monaco

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo had dominated the Monaco Grand Prix weekend heading into Sunday, topping every practice session and laying down a lap-record 1:10.810 to secure the pole.

The race itself was also going according to plan for Ricciardo, as he got the jump off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on the start to lead into Sainte Devote.

However, on Lap 28, after the leaders all made their lone pit stops of the race, Ricciardo’s day nearly came unglued when he reported a loss of power on his RB14.

With the Red Bull team monitoring the issue, Vettel was able to close back in on Ricciardo and began stalking him for the lead.

However, Ricciardo brilliantly utilized a combination of late-braking and sustained cornering speed to keep Vettel at bay and secure his first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The victory, Ricciardo’s second of the 2018 Formula 1 season, serves as sweet redemption after a pit stop error cost him a possible victory in 2016, when he settled for second behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, meanwhile, saw his challenge hampered after a Lap 72 Virtual Safety Car for a crash between Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley – Leclerc suffered brake failure on the run up to the Nouvelle Chicane, and collected Hartley in the process.

When the VSC ended, Vettel could not get his Pirellis back up to temperature, and Ricciardo pulled away in the final laps.

While Vettel ended up second, Hamilton rounded out the podium in third, despite struggling with a graining issue on his Pirelli ultrasofts in the second half of the race. Hamilton held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also fended off Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas for fourth – the trio finished up third (Hamilton), fourth (Raikkonen), and fifth (Bottas).

Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, with Pierre Gasly coming home a strong seventh for Toro Rosso. Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth for Renault, while Max Verstappen came home ninth after starting last – Verstappen ran long on his first stint before switching to hypersofts on Lap 48. He ran the hypers all the way to the end to finish ninth.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was the final points finisher, coming home tenth for Renault.

Results are below.

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