Sergio Perez described it as a “great experience” to race in front of a heavy Mexican presence at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, despite finishing outside the points. Perez was eleventh and put his failure to make the top ten down to a brake problem.
“My start worked really well and the first laps were good too. I had a good pace, and the car was really quick, but then around lap ten I had a problem with the brakes. The pedal became very long and I had big difficulties before every corner. This cost a lot of time and so we didn’t manage to get any points here. Regardless of the result it was a great experience to race here in front of so many Mexicans. The COTA is a great track and I hope we can have this Grand Prix on the calendar for many years. Now we will get ourselves together for the final attempt to improve to fifth place in the Constructors’ World Championship next week.”
Sauber teammate Kamui Kobayashi struggled throughout the weekend, ending up an eventual fourteenth, and blamed an inability to warm up the tyres for his lack of pace.
“For the entire weekend here I had warm up problems and didn’t get the tyres to work. We have to find out why this was. The grip level only increased in the last laps of the race at the end of a very long stint with the hard tyres. This was crazy and I do hope very much we are stronger in Sao Paulo to finish the season on a high.”