Sergio Perez said his Force India team didn’t expect to be as competitive as they are in Baku after finishing second in qualifying.
“I think we were expecting ourselves to be strong around here but not that good,” he said. “To come away with P2 in this track, so easy to make a mistake, so easy to clip the wall and damage your car. Unfortunately it happened to me at the worst possible time in P3.”
Perez damaged is gearbox in the crash and has had to change it, giving him a five-place grid penalty. He praised his team for getting his car fixed in time for qualifying.
“The effort that the whole team has done, especially my boys today to put the car together, first of all to be able to make the qualifying,” he said.
“Obviously I’m a bit still angry from the mistake this morning. But very happy I think it’s a mix of feelings for me today.”
“I think the lap we put together in Q3 was very strong. It was a very difficult session for me because obviously there is not a lot of time, after a crash you lose some confidence and to get it back, to get in the rhythm again, was great. So very pleased with that and hopefully tomorrow we can do a lot of progress and aim for a very strong position.”
“I think definitely the team deserved more. Obviously with the penalty I’m starting seventh so I think the team deserves more than this and hopefully tomorrow we can put together a strong race.”
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