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Sergio Perez Q&A: There’s light at the end of the tunnel 27 Jul 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice, Hungaroring, Hungary. Friday, 26 July 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice, Hungaroring, Hungary. Friday, 26 July 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013

McLaren have endured their fair share of unsatisfying results so far this season, but the Woking-based team have been part of Formula One racing long enough to know that success in this sport is cyclical. And even though driver Sergio Perez has not had much to cheer about at the opening nine races, the Mexican is feeling optimistic about Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, given the MP4-28’s improving form, his ninth-place grid slot and his unusual strategy…

Q: Were you relieved you could do the whole qualifying session?
Sergio Perez:
You bet I was. But first and foremost I want to thank the team for relentlessly trying to push the car forward. Today was the first taste of it. And of course I want to thank them for managing to get my car back together in one piece for qualifying. It was quite a big shunt in the morning session!

Q: Can you talk us through your qualifying?
SP:
Well, when I got into the car for Q1 I was happy that the car was ready but I was not feeling so comfortable. The balance was not fantastic. But I managed to make it into Q2 and from then on it became better with every lap. So Q3 was a logical conclusion (laughs). I think choosing the medium tyres was pivotal to that.

Q: What does it mean for the race?
SP:
Given the pace that we have we should be in a position to go for points and hopefully as many as possible. We definitely want them badly enough. As we are on a very different strategy to everybody else they should very much be within reach.

Q: Your team mate Jenson Button said that his car was behaving much better on the used tyres so are you hoping that on the long runs in the race you can work your way up the field?
SP:
That is the hope. We are the first car to start on primes as only a few cars have chosen to go for them so that should give us a little break.

Q: Do you think that you will be driving the best McLaren of the season in Sunday’s race?
SP:
I think so. We made big changes to the car from Friday so yes, it’s the best McLaren I have driven - so far! But everybody who knows the true colours of McLaren knows that this is just an intermediate stage. The top is where we want to be again.

Q: Do you think that the high temperatures will play a significant role?
SP:
Not for me. Not for somebody who has grown up in Mexico. For the car? My guess is that it won’t be for us. We will probably see others running into problems but we should be on the safe side.

Q: So you leave the track satisfied and will sleep well tonight…
SP:
Ha! Yes, I am pretty satisfied with this afternoon. It seems that we have reached the end of the tunnel and that from now on we should be on the way to becoming a force in terms of results again.

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