Sergio Perez had no water in 30 degree heat at US Grand Prix in ‘toughest’ race of career

The Red Bull star’s water bottle device leaked to leave him without hydration throughout the entirety of the race in Texas

Jack Rathborn
Monday 25 October 2021 12:08
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<p>Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing celebrates finishing in third position</p>

Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing celebrates finishing in third position

Sergio Perez endured the “toughest” race of his career after finishing third in the US Grand Prix without drinking any water.

The Red Bull star pulled off a spectacular drive in a gruelling Formula 1 test after his water bottle device in his car leaked inside his race suit.

The problem led to Perez admitting he felt physically weak during Sunday’s race.

“I struggled massively,” Perez said after the race. “Since Lap 1, I ran out of water, I couldn’t drink at all.

“I think by the middle of the second stint it was starting to get pretty difficult, losing strength. I think my toughest ever physically.”

Perez was detached from the top two, 40 seconds adrift of teammate Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who battled it out for the win.

But third place was welcomed with a large cheer due to the sizeable Mexican contingent in attendance at the Circuit of the Americas.

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

Horner added that he felt “stress” from Mick Schumacher holding up Verstappen as his victory hung in the balance.

“It’s very difficult to factor into your strategy the backmarkers,” Horner added. “We lost a lot of time behind Yuki [Tsunoda] and then Mick Schumacher was quite costly on the last couple of laps.

“I thought that was going to cost us the victory because he held Max through the whole sector. But thankfully we did pick up the DRS on the start/finish straight, which at least gave Max a little bit of breathing room into turn one. But it certainly added to the stress on the pit wall.”

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