The mantra heard from teams over the winter was that the midfield battle was set to be tight in 2019.
But after the first day of running in Melbourne, it wasn’t tight enough for Racing Point driver Sergio Perez’s liking, with the Mexican struggling to find a decent balance in his RP19 across Free Practices 1 and 2.
But those good vibes weren’t translated onto the track by Perez on Friday, as he found himself in P16 across both of the day’s sessions, and a full 0.827s off Kimi Raikkonen’s midfield-leading pace in FP2.
Racing Point expecting upgrades at every race in 2019 “[Things today] haven’t been great, not good at all,” said an exasperated Perez at the end of Friday.
Perez went on to express his belief that team mate Lance Stroll had displayed the team’s actual pace around Albert Park – although Stroll’s FP2 performance to go P13 still saw him finish 0.437s off Raikkonen.