Sergio Perez: “A tough race today”

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09. Credit: Sahara Force India Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday 24th July 2016. Budapest, Hungary.

Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez was disappointed to come away from the Hungarian Grand Prix with no points on Sunday, in what was a taxing race for the Mexican from beginning to end.

Having opted to go for a one stop strategy at the start of the race, the Silverstone based squad’s shrewd plans were soon in need of revision when it became apparent that Perez was unable to get the medium tyre working as desired and had begun to drop down the order.

The call was made for the Mexican to come in and switch to a two stop, but when Perez arrived in the pits the team were not quite ready for him, and that saw the Force India driver lose valuable time and probably the chance of finishing in the points.

“We were planning to do a one-stop race, but the performance was not there on the medium tyres and the car was sliding around under me, so we decided to switch to the two-stop.

“The team called me in, but when I arrived in the pit lane the team was not expecting me. I think it was a simple miscommunication between the pit wall and the mechanics, which can happen sometimes. It’s frustrating because it cost me some time and the chance to be in the points.

Despite the poor result in Budapest the car did show good pace, as it has in previous rounds, which should allow for a more positive result in Germany this weekend.

“I’m pleased that Germany is coming up next week and the positive thing is that we have a strong car with good race pace.”