Following the Friday practice session — Sebastian Vettel admitted that Force India were “surprisingly quick”, Perez thinks Force India can keep its strong form this weekend despite his brake problems in FP2. Also he is expecting Williams to also be a subject later in the weekend
During the morning practice session Nico Hulkenberg and Perez set sixth and eighth fastest respectively, but in the Day-and-night second practice session the Mexican jumped up to third place, only 0.627s off pacesetter Rosberg’s best time, while Hulkenberg was down in eighth.
“I think generally Williams carries quite a bit of fuel, from what we’ve seen on Fridays for some reason,” Perez said.
“On a Friday they carry more fuel than all of us. I think we can give them a good run tomorrow. I think Ferrari will be strong, I think Red Bull as well, but I think we can be up there fighting with them.”
When the source asked if his FP2 pace was accurate, he replied: “Yeah, the pace on the option felt alright for a single lap, it was a good lap. Obviously the Ferraris and the Red Bulls did their laps a bit earlier than us so there is a bit of track improvement there. But still it was a very strong lap which made me feel happy with the balance as well.
“Today has been a good start to our race weekend, despite the brake issue we experienced in the evening session,” the Mexican added.
“The first session is not very representative of race conditions here, because the track temperatures are much higher than you would have in the evening, so we took the opportunity to try a few test parts that will help us in the development of next year’s car.
“FP2 was a very positive session: I felt comfortable in the car from the start and the changes we made worked well. Our long run programme was interrupted by the brake issue, but we have plenty of data from Nico’s runs that we can analyse tonight. The baseline set-up we worked on is already quite good, so we’re in good shape for tomorrow.”