Perez believes Force India podium possible

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez says that he can challenge for the podium after qualifying in fifth place for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez has had a difficult start to the season and has picked up just a solitary point so far in 2014 but the Mexican will start the race from the second row of the grid following a penalty for Daniel Ricciardo.

"It was definitely a great qualifying session and the team did a fantastic job to give me such a competitive car," he said.

"After the problems we had in the first two races I feel this has been the first real opportunity to show the potential of the car. I believe we could have been even closer to the front, but I couldn't warm up my brakes enough on the out lap of my final run in Q3 and so I didn’t improve.

"We're already thinking about tomorrow and I think the clear target must be to aim for the podium. We're in the best possible position to fight at the front and I’m going to make the most of it. I've got some very good memories of this track but tomorrow I want to create even better ones."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg remains optimistic despite being eliminated in Q2.

"My lap in Q2 was not the best one," he said. "I made a mistake in turn 11 and ran wide on the exit kerb, which completely ruined my lap. I lost a couple of tenths and that made the difference between making it into Q3 and missing out. I do believe the chance for a good result tomorrow is still there and I feel optimistic.

"We showed on Friday that we have good long run pace and I have two new sets of soft tyres for the race."

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