Perez excited after best 2015 result

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez says Force India can score a good haul of points after he claimed the squad's best qualifying result of 2015 in Monaco.

Perez made it through to Q3 and set the seventh fastest time in the VJM08 around the streets of Monte Carlo.

"I’m really happy and excited with seventh place today," he said. "I always say qualifying in Monaco counts for 90% of your final result, so it was important to be strong.

"To be quick here you need confidence in the car and in yourself, and I had both today. To make it through to Q3 was already a great effort by the team, but to be starting P7 means we have already done a lot of the hard work for the race.

"We went out early in Q3 because we thought the rain was coming and I had a mega lap. I was worried some of the others might improve their times, especially with the track evolution, but fortunately it was not the case.

"Tomorrow we have a good opportunity to score some important points. We know that anything can happen on a Sunday in Monaco, but I’m focused on getting a clean start and a good first lap."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was 13th quickest but will start two positions higher due to penalties for Carlos Sainz Jr. and Romain Grosjean.

"My final lap was a very good one and I believe I could have been firmly in the top ten, but unfortunately I made a small mistake in the final corner, which cost me enough time to miss out on Q3," he said.

"Obviously it is disappointing, especially knowing how important your starting position is here."

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