Perez admits more speed in Force India

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez has admitted that he was unable to extract the maximum speed from the Force India VJM07, despite making it through to Q3 during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez rounded out the top 10 but conceded that he should have put his car higher up on the grid.

"Although it’s good to be in the top 10, I’m feeling a bit disappointed not to be higher up the grid," he said.

"My hot lap in Q3 was quite difficult and I had a lock-up going into the Nouvelle Chicane – so there was definitely more speed in the car. One of the main challenges was getting the tyres in the perfect working condition and I don’t think we maximised that today.

"We need to look at ways to make up positions tomorrow and we should be aggressive with our strategy because I don’t think there will be too many overtaking opportunities."

Nico Hulkenberg will start from 11th and thinks the potential for rain could affect strategy in the race.

"A place in Q3 was very close today – less than a tenth away – but I’m not feeling too disappointed because I was pretty happy with my lap in Q2," he said. There was just a tiny bit missing because it’s very hard to get a perfect lap in Monaco.

"Starting from P11 with an extra set of fresh tyres gives us a good chance of scoring points tomorrow. It’s a long race and we have to be ready to react quickly with the strategy to try and gain some positions. We also expect more cloud cover tomorrow and there is even a chance of rain."

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