Perez felt fifth possible without Abbey off

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India's Sergio Perez reckons he could have kept Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen at bay had he not spun in tricky conditions at Abbey during the British Grand Prix.

Perez profited from the Virtual Safety Car to move up to fifth place, having started from 10th, but suffered a spin at Abbey and lost time.

Perez was eventually overhauled by Raikkonen but preserved sixth position, narrowly ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

"It’s a very good result for the team, with two cars in the points, even if I feel I could have kept fifth place without that spin at Abbey," he said.

"When I had that moment I thought my race was over, but I managed to save it.

"However, I flat-spotted my tyres and that hurt me for the rest of the race in terms of degradation. I pushed hard to try and keep Raikkonen behind, and it was only when he passed me that I was able to take it easy and save the tyres."

Perez cemented eighth place in the standings with his result.

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