Sergio Perez was left to reflect on what might have been in Monaco after coming from the back of the field to finish eleventh on his first F1 race in the principality.

The Mexican had started at the back of the pack after crashing in qualifying for the second successive season, while a gearbox change meant he started plum last behind Pastor Maldonado's Williams.

On the most difficult circuit on the calendar for overtaking, Perez worked hard to make his way up the order but had to contend with a drive-through penalty that hit his hopes of breaking into the top ten.

It meant that, despite setting the fastest lap of the race, Perez had to settle for eleventh spot with the Mexican now hoping to build on the pace he showed when F1 heads to Montreal for the next event.

"We were very quick, but from my grid position it is very difficult to overtake and move forward," he said. "After the drive through I managed to make up some positions, but the race was lost yesterday.

"We expected and hoped for more rain in the race. Nothing much happened and it was quite a normal race at the end. It was a shame, but for the next races we can be up there as we have a very good pace."

Team boss Peter Sauber said Perez's pace was an indication of what the Swiss outfit can achieve if it can get things right on track.

"Sergio not only did the fastest race lap, but for long periods of the race he was the fastest driver on the track," he said. "This clearly shows what we can achieve if everything goes right for us. Now it is up to the entire team to turn our opportunities into success."

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