Sergio Pérez ended Friday’s day at the 2022 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in fourth position after finishing the second practice session less than a second off the fastest FP2 time recorded by George’s Mercedes Russell.
The two sessions on Friday at Suzuka took place in the rain and, unlike other occasions this year, in which the drivers preferred to stay sheltered inside their garages, this Friday everyone went out to the track to take advantage of and study the conditions that could be found again Sunday during the race.
“Yes, I think we feel quite comfortable in these conditions,” Pérez said after the conclusion of Free Practice 2, a session that ended just behind teammate Max Verstappen, third in a practice dominated by the two Mercedes drivers.
“We have a good idea of what we are going to do. So it should be positive for us [if it rains on Sunday in the race],” added the Red Bull driver.
Beyond how complicated it is to ride on the Suzuka circuit, Checo Pérez was grateful for returning to one of the tracks he likes the most, not only because of the warmth of the fans, whom he thanked for staying in the stands due to the difficult weather conditions, but also because of the challenge it represents for a pilot.
“Overall I think it’s been a shame for the fans because of the weather, but the weather looks a lot better for tomorrow. So I expect there to be a lot of action, obviously Sunday is a bit more iffy in that regard, And it could be a great day for the fans.”
“Overall, I think we’ve gotten a good read in these very difficult conditions.”
“This track is always a challenge, and if it rains, it’s even more so. It’s great, it’s the best track in the world,” concluded the Mexican driver.
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