Sergio Perez has revealed that he received IV treatment after qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Mexican will line-up ninth on the grid, after being out-qualified by teammate Esteban Ocon for only the fourth time in 2017.
Perez said after qualifying that he was not feeling particularly well, claiming that Malaysia is the worst place to drive a Formula 1 car while ill: "It wasn’t an easy qualifying session for me," he said. I’ve been unwell this week and this is possibly the worst place to not feel 100%.
"I made a mistake in Turn 11 during my final lap in Q3 and lost my rhythm. It was a small lock-up on what had been a very good lap until then, but it cost me enough time to be only ninth. It’s still a good result, all things considered, and it puts us in a good position for the race."
Due to the amount of fluids that the former Sauber and McLaren driver lost during Saturday, the 28-year-old had to be re-hydrated on a drip, and believes that Sunday's race will be very tough due to his sickness: "I had to replace all the fluid that I have lost in this way. I suffered a lot in qualifying and this is the hardest race on the whole calendar, so it will be difficult for me."
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