Perez expected more than seventh

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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McLaren driver Sergio Perez admitted he was slightly disappointed to finish the United States Grand Prix in seventh place.

Perez overtook Fernando Alonso on the first lap of the race but lost out to the Spaniard during the pits and settled for seventh.

"To be honest, I was expecting to achieve a little bit more than seventh today," he said.

"On the opening lap, I managed to push past Fernando, and the car initially felt pretty strong. After that, however, between about lap 10 and lap 15, the tyre degradation started to kick in, and we struggled relative to the others around us. They seemed to be coping with the [tyre] deg[radation] a little bit better than we were."

"But, more importantly, I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all my Mexican and American fans for the support they’ve shown me all weekend."

"They came here to watch me perform, and, while I would love with all my heart to have given them a better result than seventh, it was still amazing to have their support throughout what has been a difficult but very special weekend."

Jenson Button again made contact on the opening lap and came home in 10th place.

"As in all the past few races, I made contact with another car on the first lap – and that contact broke my left-hand front-wing endplate. It wasn’t quite as bad as in Abu Dhabi, but it still left me with quite a lot of understeer," he said.

"We considered changing the nose-box at the pit-stop, but, instead, the mechanics added some extra front wing, and that helped to re-balance the car. It still wasn’t ideal, because losing downforce at the front doesn’t affect only the front-end, it affects air-flow across the whole car as well."

"Still, I enjoyed the race. The first 30 laps, during which I was stuck behind Felipe [Massa], were particularly tough, but I was able to make some good moves at the end, and that made our day a bit more interesting."

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