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Perez-Sala positive after eight months at the helm

The Spaniard is confident that gains can be made too, with potential still to be unlocked from the F112 and its first major upgrade still to come.

"I think that, overall, the F112 is a car that has given quite a good result, keeping in mind how it started," he noted, "Last winter, I had a lot of doubts, because the car was handed to us and we didn't have enough time to review it. The proceedings and deadlines weren't the usual ones and that forced us to go quicker to make up for lost time and organise the different parties implicated in the project to make it on time.


"We have some upgrades prepared for the Singapore Grand Prix. As a small team we can't afford small upgrades every two or three races because the cost of an upgrade or creating a new piece for a small upgrade is very high. Besides the aerodynamic study, you have to produce the parts and that also implies a lot of time. So we have to make the most of any changes and have a very clear idea of the direction we want to take for those upgrades to be productive.

"But, even with all these obstacles, the car has given good results. It has a good base and that's its biggest strength. It's a reliable car with good mechanical resistance and it offers a lot of possibilities for its development. I'd say we're at 50 per cent of its potential and we can still extract another 50 per cent, mainly in aerodynamics.

"For me, it would be a success to maintain the reliability we have and improve our performance a little bit more. To achieve this, I hope that the aero package that we will introduce after the summer will help us to take the next step. The objective is to stay between the 104 and 105 per cent and have the project for 2013 prepared. If we achieve all of this, I'd be satisfied."



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