Perez hopeful of straight line speed advantage

By on Saturday, June 7, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez is hopeful that Force India can make their straight line speed count after admitting that they struggled during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez was 13th quickest during qualifying in Canada and believes that getting the tyre strategy right will be crucial.

"It was quite a tricky qualifying session that turned out to be a bit harder than we expected," he said.

"I’m starting P13, but I’m still feeling very positive about our chances in the race because this is such an unusual track where you can move up the field and take advantage of whatever happens in the race.

"We have good top speed and that will certainly be important tomorrow. I think we have shown already this year that Sunday is what counts and I’m confident that we can score points and beat some of the cars ahead of us.

"We will need to get the strategy right - it's always a choice between one and two stops here and we'll need to evaluate which one gives us the best chance for the race."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is hoping to profit from his 11th place starting position.

"I was close to making the top 10 – just half a tenth would have made the difference, but I think we’ve known since yesterday it was going to be quite tight in qualifying," he said.

"Having said that, P11 is a good starting position: it gives us some flexibility in terms of the strategy; I get to choose my starting tyres, and I’m feeling quite optimistic about our race pace. The pack is very close in terms of performance but it should be an interesting race because it’s a circuit where overtaking is possible and history has shown that anything can happen here."

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