The Brit suffered a loss of power during the top 10 shoot-out, meaning that he failed to set a fast lap time when the track was at its best. His earlier effort was still good enough for ninth but in his view it could have been much better.
Speaking in a team statement after qualifying, he said on the problem that restricted his efforts “I’m not sure what happened on my final lap in Q3. We had an issue with the car at the end – I didn’t have any power, so I couldn’t post a quick lap.”
The 33-year-old felt it was a shame to suffer the issue as he could have been far higher up on the grid, “It’s a pity because, apart from that problem, which we also saw a sign of at the end of Q2, it had been a great qualifying session for me. The team did a great job in terms of putting me out on the right tyres at the right time, while I felt I was driving well, making the most of the conditions.”
Concluding on another difficult day, he added “Tomorrow’s race will be difficult, starting from P9, but on this occasion there’s absolutely nothing I could have done about it.”
Despite out-qualifying his team-mate, albeit thanks to Button’s technical issue, Perez was similarly downbeat on his performance. The Mexican felt that he had got the maximum out of the car, hence why he was disappointed with seventh. He said “It’s not great to cross the finish line, feel like you’ve just done a mega lap, and find that you’re only seventh.”
Feeling confident in his performance, he added “I felt like I’d really maximised the full potential of the car.” The team know that they are not yet fighting at the front performance wise, but Perez knows that they “need to keep pushing.” Overall, he praised the team for the “fantastic job” done this weekend so far and he hopes that he can “keep the momentum going tomorrow and score some good points.” As always in Monaco, “anything can happen” on Sunday.
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