Sergio Perez has set himself the target of another top ten finish in the Canadian Grand Prix after joining Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in reaching Q3.
The first time the team has had both cars in the final phase of qualifying this year, though Perez was pleased to go that deep into the session in a year that has seen Force India's form fluctuuate, he believes he could have been starting even higher.
“It's been a promising session and a great effort by the team to have two cars in Q3,” he said. “At the same time I am not satisfied with my performance because I think I could have been higher than P10. In fact my fastest time in Q2 was much better than my Q3 time, so it's a bit disappointing.
“I was just struggling to get temperature into my tyres during my out lap in Q3 and I didn't have the grip when I needed it.
Despite this, the Mexican has high hopes he has a car capable of progressing up the order as he seeks yet more points following a seventh place finish in Monaco.
“I must look forward because I am still in P10 and that's a good place to start. I'm feeling optimistic of moving forward and scoring some good points. We haven't been able to do many long runs so there are still some unknowns about the race, but we've shown good pace all weekend and I believe we can do the same in the race.”