Sergio Perez was not happy after failing to crack Q3 in Saturday qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, forcing him to start 12th on the grid for Sunday’s main event.
“I really should have been in Q3 today – but I didn’t manage to find as much time as the others in Q2,” the McLaren driver said. “That was frustrating. The warm-up of my tires before my quick lap wasn’t ideal, and I struggled to really pull everything together on the lap.”
However, Perez isn’t giving up hope and believes that a points-paying finish can be in the cards considering that the tires will be, in his words, “difficult and unpredictable for everyone” on race day.
“It’s going to a tough race, and a lot will depend on the strategy,” said Perez. “I’ve got a great team behind me and I know they’ll do a fantastic job to give me the best possible strategy for the race tomorrow. We can definitely do a good job and score some good points.”
His boss, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, naturally backed him up, echoing Perez’s hope for points in Shanghai.
“We’ve seen before just what he can do, and this weekend has shown that it should be no major impediment to start outside the top 10,” Whitmarsh said. “He can definitely race strongly into the points.”