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Sergio Perez Q&A: Sauber not suited to Montreal 09 Jun 2012

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 8 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 8 June 2012

At the start of the season it all looked hugely promising for Sauber’s Sergio Perez. But since Malaysia things haven’t really been going the Mexican’s way and that pattern continued on Saturday with a meagre P15 on the grid for the Canadian race. Given the characteristics of his car and those of the Montreal circuit, Perez is not expecting any miracles on Sunday - although when there is nothing to lose, you have everything to gain…

Q: How satisfied are you with today’s qualifying result?
Sergio Perez:
We clearly had been hoping for more, and to be frank it is a bit frustrating for us, as we clearly have more potential than what we have shown today. It is a shame that we were not able to put it together. We had problems with bringing the tyres up to temperature, and then we were hit with a second issue: the balance during braking. So it was somehow very difficult to put a good lap together, although I was fighting a lot in different ways. In my first Q2 lap I unfortunately flat-spotted my front tyres, and as a result of that I had a lot of vibrations in my steering and had difficulties with the braking. So all in all it was not a very good qualifying for us. Anyway, we have to be positive and look forward to tomorrow to get the maximum out of the position we have.

Q: Compared to yesterday’s two practice sessions, would you say that the higher ambient and track temperatures are beneficial for your car?
SP:
I think this is overall not good for our team. Although the track temperature is higher we have not been able to get the tyres up on temperature. Then on the other hand I have mentioned the brake-balance problems. These two things resulted in the rather modest grid position I will start the race from tomorrow.

Q: Could it be then - taking the whole race distance into account - that you will be able to get these things under control on Sunday?
SP:
I am very optimistic, of course. I have nothing to lose but everything to gain from my position. So let’s just have a good race tomorrow. Looking back at Monaco, this race will be interesting as there we were running on high downforce, and here on low downforce. So we will see how this affects the overall stability and also the tyre degradation, which will be quite critical tomorrow. As I said, I am very optimistic, knowing that it will be very difficult as well.

Q: Knowing that your car has the pace, as you clearly showed in Malaysia, how unhappy are you that you have not been able to translate this into more championship points?
SP:
So far we have not scored points only once, and at all the other races we had the pace to be able to fight for a podium position. For various reasons, most of them not being in our hands, we were not able to put it together to score more points, for example in Barcelona I had an unexpected hit from the back from Grosjean while in fourth position. Then in China we had a problem with the front wing where I lost a lot of downforce, and in Monaco I could have fought for the top three in qualifying and for a podium position, but again we were not able to put things together. Here we clearly do not have the speed to do any of this, but we should be in the top ten. So let’s hope that we at least score a few points in the race.

Q: What about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Does the layout favour your car?
SP:
Not at all. The long straights combined with the low downforce causes many problems for us. Also the forecast hot conditions will further heighten the level of difficulty, so as I said: nothing to lose and everything to gain. So let’s look on the winning side! (laughs)

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