For the second race in a row Sergio Perez failed to finish the Grand Prix in Canada – and picked up a grid penalty for the next round in Spain in the process – but the Mexican remains steadfastly confident he’ll soon be back to top form.

In a repeat of his fortunes from last time out in Monaco, Perez was eliminated in Q1 of Saturday’s qualifying session, leaving him down in P16 on the grid.

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From there the Red Bull driver made contact with the Alpine of Pierre Gasly on the opening lap and subsequently struggled to make further ground.

Things only got worse for Perez when he spun off on Lap 53 of 70 and damaged his rear wing, before limping back to the pit lane to retire from the running.

He was later summoned to the stewards and hit with a three-place grid drop for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix after being deemed to have driven back to the pits with a “significantly damaged” car, while Red Bull were also fined €25,000 over the incident.

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