Lead McLaren Perez hoping to put on a show

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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Sergio Perez expressed mixed emotions after qualifying in seventh place for the United States Grand Prix.

Perez, starting his penultimate race for McLaren, says he hopes to be able to put on a good show for the local fans, with many having travelled across the border from nearby Mexico, Perez's home country.

"Obviously, I’m very pleased, but, when you’re so close to the cars in front, you still want to improve," he said.

"In that respect, I’m slightly disappointed – but if you’d told me I’d be seventh before the start of qualifying, I’d have taken it.

"For qualifying, I was just able to relax and focus. At the end of the day, I’m a racing driver – I’ve been doing this my whole life. When I get in the car, I just forget about everything else and concentrate on my own performance."

"Tomorrow, I’ll be racing in front of my own people – that makes me feel hugely proud. I’ll be starting from the clean side of the grid, I’ll be hoping for a good start, and I’ll be really hoping to put on a great show for all my Mexican fans."

A downbeat Jenson Button will start the race from 16th place on the grid, following his three place penalty for a red flag infringement.

"I don’t know what happened. I couldn’t find the balance or the grip. The pace just wasn’t there," he said.

"That’s tough, especially when we’ve looked pretty quick for most of the weekend. But I don’t know where our pace has gone in qualifying – it’s not the first time it’s happened."

"It wasn’t necessarily the weather conditions – other drivers seemed to cope – although I guess it may have contributed. We’ll investigate. It was weird though – especially when you saw that Valtteri [Bottas] could go quickest in Q1 but his team-mate couldn’t even get through to Q2."

"My three-place grid penalty means I’ll be starting 16th – that won’t be ideal, as it means I’ll be starting not only from a long way back but also from the dirty side of the grid."

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