Sergio Perez believes he could have made it through to the top 10 shoot-out in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session, had his car not suffered a hydraulic leak.
The Mexican was only able to complete one run in Q2 and dropped down as other drivers improved later on in the session. He eventually finished in 13th place.
“It was a difficult session with the main issue being the hydraulic leak that affected my car in Q2,” he explained. “It meant that I was only able to do one run before I had to park in the garage.
“Without this I think we had the potential to reach Q3, especially because we made a good step with the balance this morning. It’s a shame not to maximise our potential here on this track because it’s so difficult to overtake.
“It means we will have to try and make up the ground tomorrow with the strategy. I’m still feeling positive about the race because our speed on Friday during the long runs looked quite strong.”
His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was able to progress to the final segment of qualifying and will start tomorrow’s race in ninth place.
“Considering our performance this morning in final practice, I think it’s a good effort by the whole team to make it through to Q3 this afternoon,” the German said.
“The wind was affecting us quite badly, but fortunately the direction changed before qualifying and that seemed to help us. Then it was just a case of keeping calm, being nice and tidy with the laps and pushing the car as much as we could.
“For the race I’m feeling optimistic because our long-run performance looked reasonable yesterday and I certainly feel we can be in the battle for points. In order to make things work in our favour and beat our competitors, we need to be flexible with the strategy tomorrow as it’s usually difficult to overtake here.”
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