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Sergio Perez Q&A: I hope to spring Suzuka surprise 12 Oct 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren and Mark Temple (GBR) McLaren Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 12 October 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren and Phil Prew (GBR) McLaren Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 There's another heavy impact as Sergio Perez loses the rear of his McLaren at the entry to Spoon Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren and Mark Temple (GBR) McLaren Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sergio Perez has not been having a smooth weekend in Japan. While McLaren team mate Jenson Button made it into Q3 at Suzuka, Perez went into qualifying on the back foot after his Friday practice crash. The Mexican narrowly missed out on a top-ten grid spot, but is now hoping for a stronger showing in Sunday’s race…

Q: Checo, you missed out on Q3 by the smallest margin. That must be very frustrating for you…
Sergio Perez:
It is. Obviously with my accident yesterday we’ve lost a lot of track time, so we had to recover from that today with trying a lot of set-up changes. Sadly we missed out on Q3 by only half a tenth - a pity and not ideal - but, of course, the aim for the race must be to score points. In fact, P11 is not such a bad place to start. We’ve seen that things are pretty tight here - and overtaking is possible - so my guess is that we will see some surprises in the race. Hopefully one of these surprises is me.

Q: But what was it that kicked you out of Q3?
SP:
Well, as I said before, it was that missing time from yesterday and then there was the red flag in Q1 that didn’t help either. And in Q2 my tyres where pretty much gone. Sum this up and there you have it.

Q: How much did your crash yesterday impact on today’s performance? Not so much in terms of time but terms of confidence?
SP:
Well, a crash is never a pleasant moment, of course not. But to be honest my confidence was already up again today, as P3 was not so bad and I was pretty convinced that I would make it into Q3. And don’t forget, it’s only qualifying. I would say that we are two places out from where we should be, but that is nothing that cannot be changed in the race. I am quite optimistic.

Q: Can you recount what happened to you yesterday? We’ve seen several cars going off the track, but your off was the most spectacular…
SP:
It’s easily said: I went off the track with one wheel - at an unfortunate place on the track - and I lost the back end of the car and went straight into the wall. Not a pleasant situation and it robbed us of doing high fuel runs and of getting a taste of the option tyres. The very positive news from Friday was that I felt really comfortable in the car - and I still do, even if it is not really showing on the grid. Of course we expected more.

Q: Was your going off the track due to a tailwind?
SP:
No, it wasn’t. It was a driver error.

Q: It took you quite a long time to get out of the car - was that the shock of the crash?
SP:
No, it was because of the marshals. They wanted to help me out of the car because the impact was quite hard. But as you all have seen today, I am fine.

Q: Are you worried about the degradation of the tyres in the race?
SP:
We know that tyres are a tricky matter this season and that we all have to try to do our best and outsmart them. What is not acceptable are explosions on the tyres - it’s happened to me twice so far - as this is ruining our weekends. We have accepted degradation as normal business.

Q: What about your incident with Mark (Webber) in qualifying? Was he holding you up? Do you think a penalty will follow for him?
SP:
No, I don’t think so.

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