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Sauber: Perez accident all part of learning

James Key insists that Sergio Perez is still learning after Jerez shunt
Technical director James Key insisted that an accident for Sergio Perez on the second day of testing at Jerez was 'part of the learning process' after the incident cost the team vital time on track.

Perez had been working on set-up and tyre evaluation work before he lost the rear end of the car at turn seven with just over two hours of the test remaining.

The damage sustained was enough to leave the Mexican on the sidelines for the remainder of the day and he ended his Jerez running with the seventh quickest time

“Generally it was going fine today, but unfortunately Sergio had an off in the afternoon,” Key said. “He lost the rear end when he was on hard tyres, but these things happen and are part of the learning process. Overall Sergio made a good step forward. He settled in pretty quickly and gave us a lot of useful information.

“It was a busy day up to the accident. We have tested chassis set-up directions and were cycling through a number of set-up scans on the car and with the tyres to get further mechanical directions. After we only used three sets of tyres yesterday, we were able to use new sets more often this morning. We did a run through from the hard to the super soft Pirelli compounds. We had no warm up issues with the medium and hard compounds, but we believe we should get more out of the softer ones. Compounds, however, will change.

“We have checked the car after the incident and have found nothing wrong with it. We will be ready to continue tomorrow.”

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