Sergio Perez: “I am very proud of what we achieved as a team”

Sergio Perez will start seventh in Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergio Perez will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the inside of the fourth row on Sunday after another strong performance by the Mexican in qualifying on Saturday.

The Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team racer set the seventh fastest time during Q3, and felt he got the best out of his session, although he was disappointed that team-mate Esteban Ocon was unable to join him in the top ten shootout.

“I’m very happy with our result today,” insisted Perez. “I think we got the maximum we could from the session.

“Every lap in qualifying is crucial here and you need to be on the pace from your first lap to get a good result. We made the right calls to avoid the traffic and we found the rhythm straight away, which is why I only had to complete one run in Q1.

“I am very proud of what we achieved as a team but it’s a shame Esteban couldn’t be in Q3 with me.”

Perez knows at Monaco anything can happen and is unwilling to make any predictions, but he appreciates the need to maintain concentration in order to bring the car home in a promising position.

“Everything can happen in Monaco so I am not going to make any predictions for tomorrow,” said Perez.

“The race will be long and you cannot have any lapse in concentration – any mistake here means you can get a puncture or crash out of the race, so we need to focus on the job and try to bring home another good result.”