F1 2011 rookie Sergio Perez is confident he can add to his points' tally today in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Perez ran well in qualifying on Saturday and made it through to the final phase for the second time in succession and the third time this year. He eventually secured ninth on the grid in his Sauber C30, his best grid slot to date.
“I'm happy,” Perez said. “It was a very difficult but good qualifying for the team. We have put ourselves in a good position to score points tomorrow.
“In Q3, when I was on dry tyres for the first time in today's qualifying and obviously using the soft compound, the track was drying quickly with the conditions improving every single lap.
“In Q1 and Q2 especially it wasn't easy with the car being set up for the dry conditions that are expected tomorrow. I'm glad it all worked out today though. I was in Q3 for the third time and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do from what is my best grid position so far in F1.”
Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi
meanwhile had to settle for 12th, the third race in succession he has been beaten by Perez - although admittedly the mixed conditions did make quali something of a lottery.
“Of course it is a shame I missed Q3 by a small margin, but overall it was a good qualifying performance from us today,” Kobayashi added. “Because of our timing at the end of Q2, when we were running intermediate tyres on the drying track, I took the chequered flag a little bit earlier than the others. This meant with the rapidly improving track conditions my time then just wasn't good enough for Q3, but, given the fact we were running a dry set-up with very little rear wing, it went really well today.
“The forecast predicts dry conditions for tomorrow, and I hope that is correct because in Spa you can never be sure.”
“I'm happy and satisfied,” summarised team principal Peter Sauber. “Because of the weather forecast for Sunday we have been putting our money on dry race conditions, and we knew this would make it very difficult for us to attack in a wet qualifying.”