Sergio Perez: “I was disappointed we didn’t finish one place higher”

Sergio Perez will start sixth at Silverstone but feels he should have been fifth - Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sergio Perez will start the British Grand Prix from sixth place on the grid but the Mexican was slightly disappointed not to one place higher up after losing out to Nico Hülkenberg.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team racer set the seventh fastest time during Saturday’s qualifying session at Silverstone, but moves up to sixth thanks to Valtteri Bottas, but Hülkenberg denied him fifth by just 0.046 seconds.

For the first time in his Formula 1 career at Silverstone, Perez managed to out-qualify his team-mate, with Esteban Ocon 0.172 seconds back in seventh, but the Mexican feels there is a good chance of a good number of points to come to the team on Sunday.

“It was a very difficult qualifying session and it was important to be on track at the right time, especially during Q1 the wet conditions,” said Perez. “I was disappointed we didn’t finish one place higher and when the gap is so small you know you had the chance to be ahead.

“My final lap could have been better because I lost time running over the kerbs in the final corner so there was room to improve. On the other hand, we are still starting in a great place tomorrow.

“We have a strong car and if the weather conditions are similar there could be the opportunity to finish even higher up. We will keep our heads down and try to deliver the perfect race.”