Sergio Perez says he is worried about Racing Point’s competitiveness heading into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix following a “very bad” performance in Spain.

Both Perez and teammate Lance Stroll struggled for pace during Spanish Grand Prix qualifying and the race despite the team introducing a significant upgrade in Barcelona.

The Mexican ended up a lowly 15th, while Stroll retired following a late collision with McLaren’s Lando Norris. Perez is hopeful Racing Point’s lack of competitiveness was a one-off and will not repeat itself in Monaco.

“We are a bit worried - I think our form in Spain was very bad,” Perez admitted.

“It was a lot worse than expected. So we’ll see. Here we hope it’s just track related and we just struggled in Spain as we were kind of expecting it to be.

“I hope coming here we can be competitive and back to our usual level. I think all season we’ve been struggling for pace. I hope this weekend can be a good weekend for us where we can score plenty of points.”

Asked if the team has any answers for its lack of pace in Barcelona, Perez replied:

“None at the moment. We still analysing a few bits but we don’t have a specific answer for our poor performance there.”

Racing Point is expecting to introduce a new package in time for the German Grand Prix but Perez insists it is “very important” his side rediscovers its form before then.

“There are a lot of races from now to Germany,” he added. “Important to think race by race, now we have a big opportunity, the best thing we can do is maximise the opportunities.

“We know the midfield, after five races, we are fifth in the championship, so it’s down to maximising every single race and that will be key this weekend again.

“Go there and maximise chances and make sure you get the most out of it and by doing that every weekend once you have a more competitive car it will be a bit easier.”

 

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