Sergio Pérez was disappointed to miss out on Q3 at the Brazilian Grand Prix and admitted that the Racing Point Force India F1 Team just haven’t been “competitive” so far this weekend.
The Mexican lines up twelfth at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace but has described the weekend as “difficult”.
“It was a challenging session and it’s disappointing to miss out on Q3 by such a small margin,” Pérez said.
“It’s been a difficult weekend so far, losing out on so much track time on a circuit where half a tenth can make a big difference.
“The truth is we weren’t as competitive as we expected to be, but I think we can still recover to have a strong race tomorrow.”
Pérez believes the pace of the Force India is better than what was shown on Saturday and still feels the team can fight for points, especially if the weather plays a part.
“We really struggled in Q1 where we had to use an extra set of tyres just to make Q2, which meant we only had used tyres when the track was getting better at the end of Q2 and we couldn’t improve,” the Mexican explained.
“I think our real pace is better than the speed we showed today and if we have a good start we will be in a position to fight for points.
“The weather could still play a big part, so we’ll go out to try and make up some of the ground we lost today.”