Unwell Perez endured 'toughest race ever' in Austin

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Unwell Perez endured 'toughest race ever' in Austin

Sergio Perez clinched his second podium in succession on Sunday, but the Red Bull driver described his US Grand Prix as his "toughest race ever" physically after he was unable to keep himself hydrated in the grueling conditions.

Perez followed front-runners Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the start of the 56 lap race at the Circuit of the Americas but was unable to hang on to the duo.

From the outset, the Mexican, who woke up on Sunday morning feeling a bit under the weather, was deprived of fluid, which weighed on his efforts.

But the Red Bull driver still managed to hold his own for the remainder of the afternoon, but at a massive physical cost.

"A horrible one," said Perez who admitted suffering a bout of diarrhea in the morning. "I struggled massively.

"Since Lap 1 I ran out of water. I couldn't drink at all. I think by the middle of my second stint it started to get pretty, pretty difficult, you know, losing strength.

"I think it was my toughest race ever, physically.

"I was really losing out, strength, it was really difficult, especially the last 30-40 laps were extremely tough."

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Red bull team boss Christian Horner praised Perez for surmounting his physical struggles, but also for his impeccable race management in Austin.

"He's been a bit under the weather this weekend as well, he's had a bit of a cold, so that was tough not to have the drink system," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"But again, the way he managed the race... you can see his confidence is growing. That's the second race in a row he's on the podium now.

"His home race is coming up, and he's finding his form, which is crucial for us at this time of the year."

Indeed, Perez said after Sunday's race that he can't wait to take to the track in front of his home crowd in Mexico City, a venue that should suit Red Bull's RB16B.

"Yes, we got a nice boost but I'm looking so much forward to Mexico," he said.

"Today was just a shame I couldn't keep up with Max and Lewis. I was obviously limited physically today but I look forward to Mexico, I think it should be another good track for us."

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US Grand Prix: Sunday's action in pictures

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US Grand Prix: Sunday's action in pictures

Formula 1 performed in front of a full house on Sunday at COTA, and the fans got their money's worth with a thrilling US Grand Prix finale between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

 

Check out our recap in pictures of the day's action at the Circuit of the Americas.

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren signs autographs for the fans.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Price / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesEmerson Fittipaldi (BRA) with Emerson Fittipaldi Jr (BRA). 
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Chase Carey (USA) with Otmar Szafnauer (USA) Aston Martin F1 Team Principal and CEO.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesGeorge Lucas (USA) Star Wars Creator with other guests.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Tiffany Cromwell (AUS) Professional Cyclist with Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLaurent Rossi (FRA) Alpine Chief Executive Officer.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesPaddock atmosphere - basketball vests.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Lance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team with Rory McIlroy (GBR) Professional Golfer and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLawrence Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team Investor with his daughter Chloe Stroll (CDN) 
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesChloe Stroll (CDN) (Left).
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President with Lawrence Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team Investor and Ahmed Ali Al-Subaey (KSA) Aramco Chairman on the grid.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesRalf Schumacher (GER) (Right).
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesAlexander Albon (THA) Red Bull Racing Reserve and Development Driver with his girlfriend Lily Muni He (CHN) Professional Golfer.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLily Muni He (CHN) Professional Golfer.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesSerena Williams (USA) Tennis Player.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesGeri Horner (GBR) Singer.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesCaroline Wozniacki (DEN) Tennis Player.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesAhmed Ali Al-Subaey (KSA) Aramco Chairman.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal with Mattia Binotto (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Rory McIlroy (GBR) Professional Golfer with Serena Williams (USA) Tennis Player on the grid.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Chase Carey (USA) with Tavo Hellmund (USA) Former COTA Promotor on the grid.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesBen Stiller (USA) Actor on the grid.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesDallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on the grid.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 as the grid observes the national anthem.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12, and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B, at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12, and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B, at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B battle for the lead at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12, and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B, at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12, and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B, at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images(L to R): Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) AlphaTauri AT02 at the start of the race.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B makes a pit stop.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Price / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Price / XPB ImagesCharles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521 makes a pit stop.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M makes a pit stop.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 makes a pit stop.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M leads team mate Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesYuki Tsunoda (JPN) AlphaTauri AT02.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesCharles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B in parc ferme.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren in parc ferme.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images1st place Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B, 2nd place Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12, 3rd place Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Masashi Yamamoto (JPN) Honda Racing F1 Managing Director
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesThe podium (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, second; Shaquille O'Neal (USA) Former Basketball Player; Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing, race winner; Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing, third; Masashi Yamamoto (JPN) Honda Racing F1 Managing Director.
24.10.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day.
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