Sergio Perez says he was frustrated by Force India's struggles in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix despite making it in to Q3.

The lead Force India will start 10th on the grid, one place ahead of his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. However, speaking exclusively to after qualifying, Perez said the team had not managed to maximise the potential of the car having struggled with grip levels.

"It's a good result but in the end it's not what I expected, I wanted more," Perez said. "I definitely wanted more than we got today and we didn't achieve it. So there's no reason why we should be satisfied with our job today.

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"Q3 was not great but also Q2 and Q1 we really struggled to put the laps together, to get the grip out of the tyres, we struggled. It has not been an easy weekend for us.

"If we compared it to this morning it was more difficult than this afternoon, but just in general it was a difficult session for us due to the lack of grip that we had today."

Perez felt that he is at least two places lower than he should be but said an aggressive race on Sunday could let him recover.

"I think the top eight was possible today and I am frustrated because we didn't get it and overtaking here is difficult. We need to come up with a good strategy, we need to be aggressive tomorrow to try to make up some good positions and I'm confident that tomorrow with the right strategy and the right pace we should be able to recover and be in the position where the car should be."

Team-mate Hulkenberg, however, told that he didn't think there was much more to come from his car.

"I think we got pretty much the maximum out of it," he said. "Obviously in Monaco you can always argue these little bits which were missing - less than 0.1s to make it in to Q3 - but overall that was pretty much what we were able to do. I think it's going to be close with Toro Rosso, McLaren etc but the midfield battle is going to be quite tight I suspect."