Sergio Perez believes he could have taken third on the grid in Bahrain, one place higher than he will start tomorrow’s race.
“I think today definitely we could have been in P3, in front of [Valtteri] Bottas,” Perez told reporters in Bahrain.
“Unfortunately I had a very difficult out-lap and I couldn’t warm up my brakes on my second set so I had a lock-up in turn one. A bit unfortunate but still I’m positive for tomorrow, I think we can do a good job.”
Perez said a podium finish in tomorrow’s race “has to be the target” for Force India.
“I think we are in the best position possible to achieve that so hopefully we can do a great race tomorrow,” he said.
Perez believes the reason for his best qualifying result of the season so far was having a trouble-free weekend.
“Basically it’s my first weekend with the team that we don’t have any issues with the engine, with the car, so we were able to work our way through and I think that has made a big difference.”
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