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Sergio Perez Q&A: McLaren will bounce back 13 Apr 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 13 April 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 13 April 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 13 April 2013

Sergio Perez has endured a fairly miserable weekend so far in China. Problems curtailed his running on Friday and in qualifying he was eliminated in Q2. But speaking afterwards, the McLaren driver was optimistic of turning things around in both the short and the long term...

Q: Sergio, you cannot be all too happy after dropping out in Q2. What’s on your mind?
Sergio Perez:
Of course I am not happy! We should have made it into Q3. We definitely thought that we would make it there. Unfortunately I didn’t find as much as maybe others did on my fast lap in Q2. The warming of my tyres was far from ideal - probably that has cost me Q3!

Q: Did it also play to your disadvantage that you didn't run as much as others yesterday afternoon, that you had to start from zero this morning, as you have described it?
SP:
Yes, it didn’t help if you’re not in a position to set up your car in the usual way. But these things happen and you have to cope with them.

Q: Jenson has predicted that this weekend will be like the start of the season. It was meant in a positive way but things have turned out slightly differently, at least today…
SP:
True, it's been a difficult time so far for us in China. We, of course, had hoped that the new parts would help us to close the gap a bit more. But I am convinced that we are going in the right direction. This is only the third race of the season so everything is still wide open. McLaren will bounce back - there is absolutely no doubt in my mind!

Q: Can it be that this track is not to your liking?
SP:
No, I don’t have any problems with this track.

Q: P12 on the grid - how do you feel about that?
SP:
Well, it was probably the result of a difficult weekend so far. The car has been changing so much after every practice session so it was hard to find a good set-up. But that’s not only me. There are others who also didn’t end up with a good qualifying result. I am sure they also have explained that the race is the goal - not the grid position - and that goes for me as well. With so much unpredictability in place with the tyres you could end up in any position in the race. I definitely believe that points are within reach tomorrow.

Q: What has to happen for you to catapult yourself to a good result?
SP:
A lot will depend on the strategy. I hope we will get it right - McLaren has proved time and again that they know how to set-up a good strategy.

Q: Does the race pace of your car give you some confidence?
SP:
I would say that much more is down to the strategy and to the tyres. The tyre management is probably our biggest asset in a long race. Jenson and I have proven in the past that we can go that ‘extra mile’ with the tyres. Let’s hope that it is also the case in the race.

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