Despite an early tyre puncture Sergio Perez did manage to score a point in his debut for Force India in Melbourne, and for the second round of the 2014 F1 World Championship the Mexican his hoping for better luck in Malaysia where in 2012 he enjoyed his best ever showing in Formula 1.
You were unlucky in Melbourne with a first lap puncture. How would you sum things up?
Sergio Perez: It was really a shame. We had a good start and a great first few corners, and we were up to tenth place. Then [Esteban] Gutierrez locked his rears and came from nowhere. I actually saw him in my mirrors, but I was already turning into the corner. Once he hit me I was just a passenger; there was not much I could do, I got a puncture and had to pit.
How did your race unfold after that?
SP: The Safety Car helped us and we managed to recover some positions. But the main issue of my race was the time spent behind Adrian [Sutil], which cost me a lot. I think the pace was definitely in the car to score more points, but when you have to fight from the back it puts you in a difficult position.
How would you assess the overall competitiveness of the VJM07?
SP: I think as a team we are moving in the right direction and there were lots of positives to take away from Australia. It was the first race and we, as everyone else on the grid, are still learning a lot about the new car. We have seen some encouraging signs and collected a lot of data that can be put to use for the next few races, starting in Sepang.
What are your expectations for this coming weekend?
SP: I believe Malaysia can be a very good race for us. Let’s see how we can perform there. I think Melbourne was a more difficult one for us and with a hotter track and more rear tyre degradation for everyone we can be stronger. I’m counting the days to Malaysia to recover what we couldn’t achieve in Australia. I have good memories of this track and I want to build on my previous result there.
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