Sergio Perez says he needs to unearth consistency over the coming events after recovering from another subdued grid position to make the podium in Hungary.

Perez ended his dire run of five successive failures to make Q3 in Hungary but went on to take only ninth place in the final shootout session.

Perez ran a lengthy first stint on Hard tyres before switching to Mediums, moving back into the podium places, and attempted to chase down McLaren’s Lando Norris for second.

Norris held a comfortable buffer throughout and Perez went on to take third place.

It marked only Perez’s second podium finish since Miami.

“It was a good one and it was great to get to the podium,” said Perez.

“We raced initially on the hard compound, which was quite tricky, especially on lap one, but it ended up going well for a long time and we got some good pace before going on the Mediums.

“The race was not only very demanding physically, but also mentally, I had to focus on looking after the tyres. It was really hot and I ended up actually losing 3kg in weight.

“It was a good result and now I just need to find consistency. When the pressure is on you and you are able to deliver, it makes you feel proud of what you are doing so we just need to keep going forward and keep pushing.

“I am focusing on myself and making sure I deliver to the maximum.”

Perez now trails Max Verstappen – who racked up his seventh successive victory – by 110 points.

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