Sergio Perez: “With every lap we learn something new”

Sergio Perez completed 100 laps but not his planned programme on Wednesday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergio Perez rued the red flags that affected day two of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, feeling that the stoppages prevented his Sahara Force India F1 Team from completing their whole programme.

The Mexican was still able to rack up 100 laps of the Spanish track, finishing eighth fastest overall with a best lap of 1:21.297, with a lot of focus on Wednesday being on long runs and finding out the strengths and weaknesses of the VJM10.

“It’s good to reach 100 laps and learn more about the car, but it was quite a disrupted day with the red flags and it meant we didn’t manage to complete the full programme,” said Perez.

“It was important to do the long runs this afternoon and get a feel for the performance of the tyres. The low degradation makes them more fun to drive – you still have to manage them but you can push more than in previous years.

“With a new car, it’s important to get to know all the strengths and weaknesses, and work on the latter, so that’s the focus of the team. With every lap we learn something new and it helps us take a step forward.”

Perez feels optimistic that the performance is there in the new car, with both himself and team-mate Esteban Ocon having just one more day of testing each before the first race of the season in Australia.

“We now need to make the most of the final couple of days before Melbourne, but I still feel optimistic,” said Perez.