Puncture scuppers Perez's progress

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez says that a first lap puncture thwarted his chance of finishing in the points in Australia.

Perez made contact with compatriot Esteban Gutierrez on the opening lap and sustained a puncture. Perez eventually finished the race in 11th place.

"I’m satisfied to finish the race, but disappointed not to score points," said Perez.

"My race became very difficult on lap one when I got hit by the Sauber of Gutierrez at turn three. It gave me a puncture and I had to return to the pits very slowly, which dropped me to the back of the pack.

"After that I just tried to keep a consistent pace on the medium tyres and I was quite fortunate that the safety car came out, which helped me recover some positions. Points were close, but my progress was hurt by being stuck behind the Sauber of Adrian [Sutil] for such a long time."

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