Sergio Perez: “I’m lacking confidence with the car”

Sergio Perez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergio Perez admitted to feeling far from confident with his VJM09 during free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, and hopes he can improve his car ahead of Saturday’s running.

The Sahara Force India driver finished outside the top ten in both sessions, with the Mexican twelfth in first practice and eleventh in the second, and revealed that he had a braking issue towards the end of the session that affected his long run.

Perez remains confident that he and his team can overcome their difficult Friday and come back into contention for the rest of the weekend, with his main aim of having a good qualifying session on Saturday.

“It was not the easiest day in the car,” admitted Perez. “There are a few issues that we still need to solve and it means that I’m lacking confidence with the car – and that’s not ideal for a street circuit.

“We need to make some good decisions tonight to find a direction that works for me. I also had a brake problem during our long run towards the end of second practice, so my session was not very smooth.

“Even when you don’t have the best Friday, you can still recover and have a good weekend. I won’t change my approach tomorrow – the focus remains getting the car in the best shape for qualifying.”