Perez: "It was a tough afternoon"

By on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sahara Force India scored two points in today’s Spanish Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced to ninth place. Esteban Ocon’s day ended early with an oil pressure problem forcing his retirement.

“It was a tough afternoon but to score two points in these conditions is not a bad result and a decent reward after a difficult race. I made a good start but I had to go wide to avoid the accident with Grosjean and I lost a lot of positions", says Perez.

"It really complicated everything for me because it put me behind a lot of other cars. After that we made the right strategy calls, especially pitting under VSC, but then I hit debris from Verstappen’s car and I picked up some damage. I was struggling with a lot of vibrations and I was lucky to make it to the end. It’s good to come home with some points after starting so far back, but it’s a shame about Esteban’s retirement because we could have scored points with both cars today. We have a lot to improve, but I hope we can be much more competitive in Monaco.”

Ocon’s wheel issue during the pit stop will be fully investigated, but the team believes some debris from his brake duct caused the problem.

“A disappointing day on my side of the garage. We were racing well and looking good for some points", says Ocon.

"Then things went wrong at my pit stop when there was a problem changing the right rear wheel. We lost about twenty seconds and it put us to the back of the pack. A few laps later I lost power and had to park the car. It looks like an oil pressure problem, but we need to wait until the car is back to know exactly what happened.”


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