Perez surprised by Q3 appearance

By on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sergio Perez has expressed his surprise with making it through to the top ten shootout.

The Mexican handed over his car to compatriot Esteban Gutierrez in FP1 and appeared to struggle in the remaining sessions.

"Today’s result is a nice surprise and it was hard work to get there. I am personally very happy with P8 and I am really pleased for the team", he said.

"It was a great effort from the guys to improve the car after Friday when we were struggling so much. In Q2 I think I managed to get in a perfect lap. The one in Q3 wasn’t that good but still okay. I am very motivated for tomorrow’s race and want to score as many points as possible".

Kamui Kobayashi, whose position in Formula One is under threat, managed only seventeenth.

"It is a shame I ended up 17th in qualifying. Actually the pace of the car is better now than it was before, but in the end in Q2 it all went wrong", said the Japanese driver.

"I had decided to take fuel for only one lap and then we made a mistake with the car’s settings, which caused the brake balance to be completely wrong. I then didn’t have a second chance because of the fuel. So I did my best time on a used set of soft tyres instead of making use of the fresh ones at the end. However, tomorrow we have to make the most out of the tyres we still have available and the fact this circuit allows for overtaking".

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