Sergio Perez was left to rue a lack of traction on his first set of medium compound tyres after taking ninth place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mexican had been the best placed of the two McLaren drivers on the grid but saw his chances of battling forwards into the points hit by issues with his tyres following his first stop of the race.

Allied to the fact that he found himself in traffic for much of the 55 laps around the Yas Marina circuit, the Mexican looked like being forced to settle for tenth place before he was able to jump the one-stopping Force India of Adrian Sutil on the final lap.

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While that meant more points towards his championship total, Perez admitted it had been a more difficult race than he expected.

"This was a very complicated race - and harder than we'd expected," he said. "I struggled a little on my first set of Prime tyres, and I'm not too sure why. We had bad rear tyre degradation and poor traction overall. We'd opted to run with minimal downforce in the hope of being able to pass other cars in the race. But, despite that, in the event I found it difficult to overtake, and the fact that I spent a lot of the race stuck in traffic therefore made things very difficult.

"Still, it was a positive to be able to take ninth position from Adrian [Sutil] on the very last lap - one more point for the team may not sound much but it's always helpful.

"The next race is in Austin. I can't wait to go racing again so close to my home, and to see the people who've supported me so well during this difficult season."