Sergio Perez was on course to salvage some points for himself and the Sahara Force India team only to see his race come to an end in the turn three barriers at the Red Bull Ring after brake failure with just two laps remaining.
After a suspension issue during qualifying saw him end up starting out of position in the midfield pack, Perez was running in eighth, within striking distance of the Haas of Romain Grosjean, only to run out of brakes and lose control of his VJM09, ending with a heavily damaged car.
“It’s a big shame that we retired on the last lap of the race,” reflected Perez. “I’m feeling sad for the team because we really deserved some points.
“Yesterday and today we have been really unlucky, and it’s frustrating because we’ve been competitive here with our pace. The race was going really well and I thought we had the points in our pocket. I was pushing hard to stay close to Grosjean because I knew he had a five seconds time penalty.
“Then, on the final lap, going into turn three, I had no brakes and went straight on. I touched the barrier and damaged the front of the car, but I’m perfectly okay. It’s annoying because the team did everything right today and its just bad luck which stopped our great recovery.”