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Sergio Perez Q&A : Smart strategy key to strong result 21 Sep 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013

McLaren's Sergio Perez couldn't match team mate Jenson Button and make the top ten on the grid for Sunday's Singapore race; plus the pressure is supposedly building from the team to up his game. But the Mexican knows all is not lost until the chequered flag falls at Marina Bay...

Q: Checo, how competitive do you think McLaren will be tomorrow? You don’t look particularly happy…
Sergio Perez:
Well, our aim was to be with both cars in Q3 and we didn’t achieve that. It was a very difficult qualifying. We wanted to save as many tyres as possible for the race, but that made qualifying a difficult matter. I expect a very hard race tomorrow. P14 is not a great position to start a race like Singapore. Starting from midfield on a street circuit is always a hard task. So for now I am very disappointed - let's hope the race goes better. Keep fingers crossed that we can still can deliver a good result.

Q: So what can you do strategically to fight your way further towards the front?
SP:
Yes, it will boil down to a good strategy, as overtaking is not so easy here. Hopefully we'll have good pace throughout the race.

Q: You've had several races where you started from behind and ended up in the points - will that be possible tomorrow?
SP:
Of course I hope so. Not everything is lost, even though this track is punishing you when you start from behind. There is a big difference between the prime and the option tyres, so we have to see what we can do using a smart strategy.

Q Would you have been capable of much more today?
SP:
Definitely. We went in the wrong direction from FP3 to qualifying. I could not maximize my Q2 lap. It simply wasn’t possible to get a good lap together.

Q: You had a good race in Monaco, so street circuits seem to be somewhat your specialty. Is that what makes you hope that you can have a good race tomorrow?
SP:
Certainly. And the last race we did with that amount of laps was Hungary and we performed well there - better than in the races before - so, as I just said, my guess is that we could still be looking good for a strong result.

Q: You will go into your 50th Grand Prix tomorrow. Does that mean anything to you?
SP:
It means that I should try to get the best possible yield for this round.

Q: Your team principal Martin Whitmarsh has been talking about the possibility of Fernando Alonso returning to McLaren. What do you make of that? Does it remind you how hard you have to work to keep your seat?
SP:
You have to work hard in any team you are in. That has nothing to do with who will join. I am trying to give my best - as I always do. Sure, it has been a difficult season for all of us, but coming back to your question: my future looks okay at McLaren for the next year and hopefully we can go back to the performance level that McLaren expects of fighting for the championship next year.

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