Perez elated by second row slot

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez expressed his delight after he secured a slot on the second row of the grid for the Abu Dhabi season finale.

Perez, who displayed strong pace during the final practice session, clocked the fourth quickest time, slower only than the Mercedes drivers and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"Fourth place on the grid is a great result for us and I’m very pleased with our strong performance all the way through qualifying," he said.

"We’ve made some good decisions this weekend with the changes we have made to the car and it’s taken us in a very positive direction. I think the analysis we carried out after the weekend in Sao Paulo has really paid off and we’ve learned a huge amount.

"All of my laps this evening were very clean and tidy, and we managed to get the maximum from the car. The challenge tomorrow will be keeping some very quick cars behind me, but I also think we have a good chance to make up some positions at the start.

"I have the confidence in the car to really push and there is definitely the potential to come away with a great result this weekend."

Nico Hulkenberg expressed mild disappointment with his final qualifying lap.

"It was a good qualifying session for the team, although I feel I could have been higher up the grid," he said.

"I was pretty happy with my laps, especially the one in Q3, so to find myself in seventh actually feels a little bit disappointing. We need to look at the data and figure out where we lost time and what we can do to recover it."

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