Sergio Perez: “It was a solid race for us today”

by Paul Hensby

Sergio Perez felt that Sahara Force India made all the right decisions during the Malaysian Grand Prix as the Mexican claimed sixth position on Sunday.

Perez ran as high as third in the opening laps but as the race unfolded and some drivers pitted behind the virtual safety car and affected the running order, he felt recovering to sixth position was a good result for everyone involved with the Silverstone-based outfit.

“It was a solid race for us today, but I think we were a bit unlucky with the way the race unfolded,” said Perez. “At the start, things looked very positive: I had a good launch, stuck to the inside line and was up to third after turn one.

“There were some very quick cars behind me and I knew there was no point in fighting too hard and destroying my tyres. The key moment of my race was the first virtual safety car, because it handed a big advantage to those who were able to start on the medium tyres, and dropped me down the order when I pitted.

“To recover back to sixth place was a good effort and we know that every point will count in the fight to finish fourth in the constructors’ championship. I don’t think we made any wrong decisions today, but it was just that the circumstances played more against us and into the hands of others.”

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