Perez rues practice error after qualifying second

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez was left to rue a crash during the final practice session in Azerbaijan, which denied him the opportunity to start Sunday's race from the front row of the grid.

Perez clipped the wall during the closing stages of the 60-minute session on Saturday and damaged his gearbox, meaning Force India had to change the part prior to qualifying, thus leaving Perez with a five-place penalty.

Perez managed to qualify in second position at the Baku City Circuit but will now drop to seventh place due to his sanction.

"We expected to be strong here, but not this good," he said.

"I think I have mixed feelings. Obviously I am still a bit angry from the mistake, but also I am very happy.

"It was a difficult session - obviously after a crash you lose some confidence, so to get back in the rhythm was great.

"The lap we put together in Q3 was very strong. I'm very pleased with that."

"The team deserves more but hopefully we can make good progress and aim for a good position.

"It's very easy to make a mistake or clip the wall, so we have to look forward and just try to do a strong race."

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