Sergio Pérez says it was a ‘good start’ to the Italian Grand Prix weekend on Friday, with the Mexican sure that the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team can be competitive at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Pérez was seventh fastest in the morning session in Italy and tenth in the afternoon, with the thirty-year-old sure he knows what needs to be done to bring the team closer to the front of the field on Saturday.
The Mexican is expecting some ‘traffic jams’ during Qualifying as drivers look to get a tow, but he will be happy enough if he is able to start inside the top ten on Sunday.
“Today was a good start to the weekend and I think we know where we can find some more performance overnight,” said Pérez. “We now understand where some of our weaknesses were at Spa and we are working to find some solutions for the low downforce set-up.
“I think qualifying is going to be a challenge tomorrow because everybody wants to get a tow and, like last year, we could see some traffic jams. Every session in qualifying will be a close fight, but we can aim for a start inside the top ten.
“The margins are close and our rivals are strong too, but we can be confident in our chances.”
“We could have a challenge on our hands this weekend” – Lance Stroll
Team-mate Lance Stroll says Racing Point look set for a challenging weekend at Monza due to the competitive nature of the field, particularly if they cannot get the RP20 to work as they want it to.
The Canadian finished outside the top ten in thirteenth in the morning session but was able to improve to eighth in the afternoon, but he says there is work to do on the car in order to bring them into contention for the big points this weekend.
“It’s looking very competitive out there so we could have a challenge on our hands this weekend,” said Stroll. “There’s some work to do tonight, because we haven’t got the car where we want it just yet. We will study the data tonight and see where we can make some changes for tomorrow.
“I think qualifying could be quite messy because everybody is looking for a tow. Teams will be playing games so we just need to try and position ourselves as best we can.”