6 July 2015
F1 British Grand Prix: Perez stays positive despite ‘missed opportunity’
Sergio Perez was left to reflect on a couple of 'lost positions' as he finished ninth on the road in the British Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez believes that Sahara Force India could have left its home grand prix with an even better points haul, but admits that seventh and ninth was still a decent debut for the VJM08B.
The Mexican was frustrated to have missed out on joining team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in the final phase of qualifying on Saturday, but remained in the hunt for points throughout the 52-lap British Grand Prix, even though he felt quicker work in pit-lane could have yielded even more than the two points he eventually accrued following Carlos Sainz's retirement.
“Finishing with both cars in the points at Silverstone is a very positive step for the team, although we probably could have been even higher up, but the strategy didn't really work out in my favour,” he reflected.
“After my first stop, I lost a position to Sainz and spent a few laps stuck behind him when my tyres were at their best. I was in the dirty air and struggling with the front tyres, which had a lot of graining.
“Then, when the second rain shower came, we had a lot of discussions over the radio about what call to make and, unfortunately, we waited too long, which cost us a place. When you get opportunities and you don't make the best of them, you are obviously disappointed, but I think we should focus on the positives of this weekend. We've shown good progress and there is a lot of potential for the second half of the season.”
The double points finish – only Force India's third after Australia and Austria - consolidates the team's fifth position in the constructors' championship, increasing its cushion over Lotus, while Perez edges closer to Romain Grosjean's tenth position in the drivers' table, with just two points – the difference between finish ninth and eighth at Silverstone – separating the pair.
“Both Nico and Sergio drove exceptionally well today,” team principal Vijay Mallya commented, “They kept out of trouble and coped well with the changeable conditions. It wasn't easy to know when to pit for intermediate tyres because some parts of the track were wet and some were dry, but I think we made the right decisions with the information we had.”
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