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F1: Here’s why Sergio Perez calls United States Grand Prix his toughest race ever

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Red Bull racer Sergio Perez finished the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in third place despite huge adversity. He revealed that he was not well. Sergio Perez said that the race was his “toughest” race due to some unfortunate reasons. He had qualified third at the Circuit of The Americas, retained his position off the line. Perez arrived on the grid telling Red Bull that his water bottle was leaking and within a lap, he was without water at a circuit where the track temperature was almost 40’C. 

Sergio Perez was suffering from diarrhea

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez pulled off a huge performance despite being down with illness and most importantly without water at such a high track temperature. Celebrating on the podium, the Mexican detailed about his sickness. Sergio Perez called it the toughest race till now physically. He revealed that water bottle was leaking and he was without water the whole time.

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Here is what he said:

“I think it was my toughest race ever physically. It was a horrible one. I was suffering from some diarrhoea early in the morning for some reason, I don’t know so I hydrated myself really well. But then, since lap one onwards I ran out of drink and already, from the first stint I was really really struggling massively to make things properly. I was really losing strength and it was really difficult. I think the last 30 or 40 laps were really tough.”

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It was his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who reached the chequered flag first to capture the United States GP. When asked if he had ever felt like this after a race, he said in the post-race press conference that it was the first time and he is hopeful that it is the last one.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was impressed with his driver’s endurance:

“Checo drove another strong race today. … It wasn’t great for him as he was struggling with a stomach bug for most of the weekend,” Horner said. “Not great to lose the fluid on a day like this today.”

Highlights:

  • Perez finished third in the race
  • Sergio Perez was suffering from diarrhea
  • He revealed being without water in the whole race

 

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