Sergio Perez said he was disappointed with how qualifying went for his home Grand Prix. The Mexican has shown strong pace throughout the weekend, but failed to match his teammate, Esteban Ocon who impressively qualified fifth and ahead of the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
Perez has had a somewhat underwhelming record at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since its return to the calendar in 2015 after a 23 year absence from the F1 calendar, having been outqualified 2 to 1 at the circuit and outraced both times. Perez willl be sure to try and readdress this in front of his home crowd who desperately want to see him do well.
“Today hasn’t gone as I was hoping and that’s very disappointing,” said Perez. “We have been very competitive all weekend, but we couldn’t achieve the result we wanted at the most important moment. I was quite satisfied in Q1 and our pace showed a lot of promise, but as the conditions changed we weren’t able to respond. We changed our tyre warm-up routine and I lost all my feeling with the car.
“Getting the tyres in the right window was difficult and I was unhappy with the balance: it’s something we will need to analyse tonight. Tomorrow’s race will be challenging, but our car has very good pace, I want to give my fans something to celebrate: all weekend I have received an incredible amount of support and today they deserved a lot more. I was happy to be able to speak to all of them at the start of the session and I hope we can give them a better result tomorrow.”
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing