'Fantastic' qualifying gives Baku specialist Perez another shot at podium

Racing Point may have started 2019 languishing behind their midfield rivals in terms of qualifying pace, but in Baku they led the charge, with Perez keeping his cool in a session which saw many others - including team mate Lance Stroll - tag the barriers.

It was such a long qualifying, the track dropping in temperature massively made things very hard and I think the team on the pit wall did a tremendous job with that, maximising the full potential of the car and taking the opportunity there today.”

(Photo by Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images)Perez has picked up five points so far this season, with consecutive top ten finishes in Bahrain and China.

Recovering from early contact with then-team mate Esteban Ocon which dropped him to the back of the field, Perez’s recovery drive saw him move up to seventh.

He then moved into podium contention after incidents involving the Red Bull pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

As he hunts for a ninth career podium finish, Perez will be hoping for similar fortune in 2019….

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