Sergio Perez has been very impressive so far this season, managing to push his teammate far more consistently and intensely than he did last season.
The Mexican driver currently finds himself within striking distance of the championship lead. After taking another podium in the streets of Baku, he will be looking to capitalise on a wounded Ferrari team.
Leclerc's grid penalty puts Perez in a prime position to fight for Pole, but he will need to unlock some more performance in FP3 ahead of qualifying, as he struggled to match his teammate's efforts.
Perez gave his thoughts after Free Practice:
"We had an issue with the set-up, but luckily we managed to find it out, part of it.
So I think in the long run, it was a bit more representative, but still we had an issue there, so hopefully we are able to sort out everything. Unfortunately not much we could do in the session today.
I'm a bit on the back foot today, but hopefully tonight, we are able to make the right compromises… definitely [Max looks] strong out there so hopefully we are able to be competitive."