Sergio Perez said he got the most he could out of the MP4-28 to qualify ninth of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Perez out-qualified team mate Jenson Button for the first time this year and was the only McLaren driver to reach Q3 today.
“To get through to Q3 was a great result, and something we really weren?óÔé¼Ôäót expecting,” said Perez. “I?óÔé¼Ôäóm very pleased because I got absolutely everything out of the car.”
“So we?óÔé¼Ôäóll go into the race tomorrow looking to maximise our potential. If we can manage that, I think we should be satisfied.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the team considered not sending him out to do a lap during the top ten shoot-out:
“We considered taking the tactical option, in other words not running him at all in order to conserve an extra set of tyres. But, in the end, on the basis that he was driving so well, we decided to go for it in the hope that he might repeat his Q2 form relative to his principal opposition.
“As things panned out, he lost a little time in sector three on his best Q3 lap and ended up in ninth. But, anyway, I want to say ‘Well done Checo’, because he was extremely impressive here this afternoon.”
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