Perez makes amends with point

By on Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Sergio Perez. Photo credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

rez professed himself pleased with a single point at the Indian Grand Prix saying it repaid the team after a practice-session error last Friday earned him a three-place grid penalty.

The Mexican failed to heed yellow flags in the first practice session ahead of the race, with the result that having qualified 17th on Saturday, he started the race from 20th position. But, when the red lights went out, the only way for Perez was up, and after ditching the hard tyre after just a single lap he drove the whole race on the soft tyre, maximising the compound's better pace to climb 10th position and a potentially crucial world championship point.

“I’m very happy to have scored that point today. At least this way I can pay back something to the team after I made that mistake on Friday,” he said. “We had a very good strategy today. It was a risky one as well, but it paid off, the team did a good job on that. I used the hard tyre only for the first lap. After that stop I was then stuck in traffic. Actually I expected the safety car to come out because in the first sector there was a lot of oil on the track.

“However, after I had passed Paul di Resta I was able to push,” he said. “The first set of soft tyres was good. With the second I struggled a bit to warm them up. Adrian Sutil was really fast, and I couldn't catch him. Overall, I think in qualifying we clearly didn’t exploit the potential of the car, and we all know that we have to improve.”

Perez’s result could prove important as close Constructors’ Championship rivals Toro Rosso claimed four points in Delhi thanks to Jaime Alguersuari finishing eighth. Toro Rosso now have 41 points, the same as Sauber after Perez’s finish, but the Swiss team stays ahead thanks to amassing their total through better finishes, notably Kamui Kobayashi’s fifth place in Monaco.

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