Sergio Perez said he did not expect to be able to do just one pit stop during the Australian Grand Prix.
The Sauber driver said:
“To be honest we never thought that we could only do one stop. In the briefing we spoke about two or three stops depending how the race was going.
“But then I did a very long stint on the prime. Everybody was on options so I lost some positions. But I was very consistent, then suddenly I dropped a lot. So I came in.
“When I put the options on I thought it was going to be 10 to 15 laps so I really pushed. I had Vettel in front of me for some time so it cost me the sixth position to [Jenson] Button because I lost around eight seconds.
“So when he was in front of me I tried to save a lot because I was losing a lot my fronts by getting behind him. He pitted, I overtook him, and then I managed the tyres quite nicely, I was not going to the limit, and still me tyres were three or four tenths away from what I could do.
“I’m really happy for the team. It’s a great day for the team, for Kamui [Kobayashi] and myself, so I’m very proud for them.”
Perez described his result as a “dream”:
“It was really nice. It’s a dream start for me just to be in the points, to have such a nice race, a good strategy, everything went fine.
“It’s a debut that I will remember forever.”
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