Sergio Perez: “It was a very frustrating race”


Sergio Perez - Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sergio Perez had a frustrating Mexican Grand Prix, after he found himself stuck behind Williams Martini Racing‘s Felipe Massa for much of the afternoon, unable to overtake.

The Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team driver finished the Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in tenth, three places behind team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. Much of the afternoon, Perez spent on the tail of Massa’s FW38 unable to overtake, despite appearing to have the quicker car.

Their positions mean the Silverstone-based outfit out-scored Williams by one point, extending their advantage in the Constructors’ Championship to nine points with two rounds of the 2016 Formula 1 season left. Being unable to overtake Massa was very frustrating for the Mexican, and he believes that with a different strategy he could have overtaken the Brazilian for ninth.

“Even though I scored a point today,” said Perez, “it was a very frustrating race being stuck behind the Williams cars and unable to overtake.

“I tried everything I could, but it’s not easy because they had a straight-line speed advantage. There were a few occasions when I was very close to making the move stick on Felipe [Massa], but in the end it just wasn’t possible. I think maybe we could have tried something different with the strategy.”

With the Mexican Grand Prix being Perez’s home Grand Prix, he received so much positive energy all weekend from the fans.

“Even with the tenth place today the fans were cheering for me,” added Perez. “They are so loyal.  Always behind me and they have given me so much positive energy all week. Although I wanted to give them a better result, this has still been the most enjoyable race of the year.”