Sergio Perez: “A good start to our race weekend”

Sergio Perez reflected on a positive day in Abu Dhabi despite seeing his evening session curtailed by a brake issue that cost him some valuable track time.

The Sahara Force India driver had already done enough to set the third fastest time, behind only the two Mercedes drivers, having earlier finished eighth in the first session.

Having tested some parts aimed for the 2016 season in opening practice, Perez ran some quick times during the second session under the Yas Marina lights, and hopes to utilise some of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg’s data with regards to long runs, having seen his own long run cut short by his braking problem.

“Today has been a good start to our race weekend, despite the brake issue we experienced in the evening session,” said Perez.

“The first session is not very representative of race conditions here, because the track temperatures are much higher than you would have in the evening, so we took the opportunity to try a few test parts that will help us in the development of next year’s car.

“FP2 was a very positive session: I felt comfortable in the car from the start and the changes we made worked well. Our long run programme was interrupted by the brake issue, but we have plenty of data from Nico’s runs that we can analyse tonight.

“The baseline set-up we worked on is already quite good, so we’re in good shape for tomorrow.”