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It looked to be a 1-2 for Red Bull, but Leclerc passed Checo on the last lap. The Mexican finished third and secured the runner-up position for drivers
Checo Pérez went to the Las Vegas GP with the mission of securing the drivers’ runner-up position, which he achieved, but there was still a bittersweet taste. There was a moment where it seemed like she could win the race, but he fell to Verstappen and on the last lap Charles Leclerc also passed him.
It looked to be a new 1-2 for Red Bull, but just on the last lap the Ferrari overtook and that naturally left Checo Pérez a little affected despite being runner-up in drivers.
Checo Pérez did not expect Leclerc to pass
When interviewed as usual with drivers who get on the podium, Checo confessed that he never expected Leclerc’s maneuver. She was guarding the position, but It was impossible for him to react with the damage his RB19 had.
“The beginning of the race was difficult, we had damage to the front part of the wing, but we moved forward one by one. We had a good rhythm.”
On personal battle with Charles Leclerc, Czech Perez He remembered that he passed it a couple of times, but In none of them was she able to separate herself from him sufficiently.
“I passed Charles but couldn’t get away from him because he had some damage to the front wing. But wow, if I could have separated myself from him, it would have been very different. In the end Verstappen helped me a little. I didn’t expect Charles on that side. She was very strong, she stayed there and she did very well.“.
Checo gave his blessing to the Las Vegas GP after becoming runner-up for drivers
Finally, he acknowledged that despite the regrets, The Las Vegas GP turned out to be a good race and gave his approval to be part of the Formula 1 calendar: “It’s a good circuit, the race was good. For the fans and for us, the circuit delivered.”
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