The Sauber driver Sergio Perez says his 15th on the grid in qualifying ‘almost maximized’ the possible of his car. Sauber struggled an unacceptable qualifying pace as Kamui Kobayashi was demoted in Q1 and Perez could only make limited progress in Q2.
“Obviously our overall performance isn’t good here and I think we almost maximized what was possible in qualifying under the circumstances,” Perez added. My fastest lap was okay; there is nothing to complain about. I locked a wheel once but this wasn’t the main problem. Perhaps the lap time could have been better by one or two tenths but for sure no more.”
The Japanese speedy meanwhile was plagued by traffic in Q1, but conceded his team was struggling with its general performance.
“Of course it is disappointing to be out in Q1,” he said. “My fastest lap wasn’t perfect. I had some traffic in front and behind, but it is also the case that we have a general lack of pace here. The only positive thing is that I have now two fresh sets of the soft tyres left for the race. I will do my very best to recover from where I have to start.”