Sergio Perez: “The strategy didn’t really work out”

Sergio Perez finished ninth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, but felt he could have at least been one place higher had the rain fallen at more opportune times for the Mexican.

The Sahara Force India driver was battling with the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen before the heavier of the two rain showers, but staying out too long on dry Pirelli tyres cost them the battle that in the end Raikkonen comfortably won.

“Finishing with both cars in the points at Silverstone is a very positive step for the team,” insisted Perez. “We probably could have been even higher up, but the strategy didn’t really work out in my favour.

“After my first stop, I lost a position to Sainz and I 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.

“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.”