Sergio Perez had to retire after 10 laps of the 55-lap race due to engine failure.© Twitter
A week after his first moving triumph in Sakhir, Sergio Perez said his tearful farewell to Racing Point on Sunday when he retired from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The popular Mexican had run from the back of the grid to win in Bahrain, but could not repeat that lap at the Yas Marina circuit where an engine failure dashed his hopes. Her early retirement after 10 laps of the 55-lap competition was a setback for the Silverstone side to finish third in the Constructors’ Championship in which they were passed by McLaren. “It’s sad to leave the team this way,” said Perez, who said he was still hopeful of staying in Formula 1 with Red Bull, should they choose him to replace their number two driver Alex. Albon.
Albon finished fourth in Sunday’s race, while Max Verstappen triumphed with a light flag victory in the first Red Bull.
“Some of them were crying at the end,” Perez said.
“But, you have to remember the whole season. Well done to McLaren – they really deserved it.
“I’m leaving very happy. This team will always be my favorite team in Formula 1 and I can’t wait to see them win more races.
“Who knows what’s going to happen next? I just can’t wait to get home. Whatever happens, I’ll be ready for it.”
Lance Stroll, teammate of Perez Racing Point, finished 10th.
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