Sergio Perez believes achieving the strategy calls correctly allowed Sahara Force India F1 Team to climb up the grid at the United States Grand Prix.
The Mexican had an incident with the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat on the first lap, dropping him down to seventeenth. From here, Perez was able to recover his lost positions in both of his pit stops, with the Silverstone based outfit bringing him in at the correct times.
Perez admits this was a difficult recovery as he dropped down to effectively last place with a badly damaged car before he was able to recover.
“Eighth place was a good recovery after our race was compromised on lap one,” said Perez. “I was hit hard from the rear under braking for turn 11 by Kvyat, who made a mistake and came in with no control.
“All of a sudden I was effectively in last place and with a badly damaged car. It was a difficult recovery, but step by step we got back into the points and in the end we didn’t get a bad result. We got all the strategy calls right and this helped us overcome the damage to the car because we made up positions in both pit stops.”
Perez achieved four points at the Circuit of the Americas, moving him up to seventh ahead of the Williams Martini Racing of Valtteri Bottas, although Perez believes though he could have finished fifth if the incident with Kvyat didn’t incur.
“To come away with four points,” added Perez. “And to move up to seventh in the drivers’ championship is a good result in these circumstances.
“It’s important to hold on when you get a difficult weekend, especially in races with high attrition, and score every point you can get, but the regret remains because I think we could have finished fifth today.”