Sergio Perez sets unwanted F1 record in Canada qualifying
Sergio Perez set a new all-time Formula 1 record in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix as he became the most experienced driver in the sport's history without a pole position. Racing Point driver Perez overtakes Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle after qualifying 16th in Montreal.
Although Perez is one of the few drivers outside of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull to take a podium in the V6 Hybrid era, he has not enjoyed similarly over-performance in qualifying.
Making his 166th grand prix entry at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Perez moves past both Herbert and Brundle, who went through their entire F1 careers without a Saturday success.
Perez said: "The pace was there to go through to Q2 and beyond. That's the worst feeling you can have as a driver, when you know you could have done much better. I had a lockup into turn ten and lost time there.
"The preparation lap was also difficult, with a lot of cars going into the final corner so close together, which wasn't ideal. The gaps are very small and we thought we had more of a margin than we did.
"It was about getting a good lap and I didn't perform 100%. Just a couple of hundredths made the difference in the end, so to find ourselves out in Q1 because I didn't maximise the car's performance hurts a lot – especially knowing how much hard work the whole team have done to improve the car recently."
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