Sergio Perez is confident that he can fight for “big points” in tomorrow’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
The Force India driver had a positive qualifying session and will line up on the grid in 10th place. He is expecting his race pace to be stronger than his short-run speed, like his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
“Well even in Q1, we were not so good and I had an issue with the gearbox in Q2, with my first set of tyres, so we didn’t get to run that set,” he said. “That really put us quite far behind.
“We only got one shot at it and to make it through to Q3, obviously the track improvement was quite large, so by only doing a single lap we were so close to making it and not making it.
“So I was really happy for us and for the team, because it was a great effort to turn everything around after all the issues that we had. To come back and put the lap together was a great effort by the team.”
He is hoping conditions remain dry. “We were really strong on Friday, our long runs in hot conditions. If it stays like this we know what we have to do and I am very confident about that. But, anything can happen. Tomorrow we are expecting some rain at some point.”
The Mexican expects to move up the field and finish well within the top 10 tomorrow. “Yeah, I expect things to go forward,” he admitted.
“We definitely have more race pace than qualifying pace. These conditions seem to suit us well with the degradation so I think we should be in a strong position tomorrow to fight for big points.”
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