Red Bull driver Sergio Perez wants his team to address the reliability issues which ended his Canadian Grand Prix but is already focusing on the next race after a frustrating weekend.
Perez was coming into the event on a good run after four consecutive podium finishes, including a win at the Monaco Grand Prix. The results had seen him move up to second in the championship behind team-mate Max Verstappen.
However, his weekend got off to a difficult start in Saturday’s qualifying, when he crashed into the barriers in the wet conditions and was forced to start the race from 13th on the grid.
He made his way up to tenth in the opening laps of the race but was forced to retire on lap eight due to a gearbox issue.
Although it is only the team’s fourth retirement of the season, and Perez’s second after he failed to finish in the opening race in Bahrain, he is keen to see his team avoid any further problems.
“We need to keep on top of the reliability because a zero, when you are fighting for the championship, is very painful and costly,” he said after the race.
“You go into new regulations and there is always going to be new problems to face. Today hurts a lot, it has been a weekend to forget for me, so I want to forget about today and move on to Silverstone.”
With Verstappen taking the win in Montreal, Perez is now 46 points off the championship lead.