Sergio Perez: “P11 is not a bad starting position”

Sergio Perez qualified eleventh for the Australian Grand Prix - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergio Perez is determined to start the 2017 Formula 1 season on the front foot, and believes starting eleventh for the Australian Grand Prix is not that bad.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team racer missed out on advancing to the top ten shootout by less than a tenth of a second, but the Mexican believes that he can certainly make gains on race day, even if the midfield battle appears to be extremely close.

Perez is hoping to be able to find a rhythm during the race in order to make those moves up the order, although he does believe overtaking will be extremely hard.

“It’s disappointing to miss out on the top ten by such a small margin – less than a tenth of a second,” said Perez. “However, P11 is not a bad starting position and we can certainly race for good points.

“All the teams in the midfield seem to be very close to each other in terms of performance and there are going to be very close battles in the race. Tyre degradation is very low and finding the right rhythm during the race will be a challenge.

“Overtaking is difficult here, especially with these very wide cars, but I will fight hard tomorrow. I am determined to start the season well.”