Sergio Perez: A truly unpredictable raceApril 1, 2019
In Bahrain, Sergio Perez earned points, taking advantage of gatherings of rivals, but the team believes that the race could have been more successful …
Sergio Perez (10th): “It’s great to earn the first points of the season. The race was really unpredictable. We were lucky that both the Renault riders dropped out of the race, but the safety car didn’t help me, because I caught up with Elbon and missed the chance to fight for ninth place.
I had a great start and won back several positions, but I could not defend for a long time. Then the brakes began to overheat, and I had to make a pit stop much earlier than we had planned to remove the debris from the duct. Given all this, we can be satisfied with the points earned! ”
Lance Stroll (14th): “I have not yet seen the record, but it seems to me that contact with the car on the first lap is a racing incident. Unfortunately, the car was damaged, and I had to go to the pit-stop for the new wing. When you fight hard, it happens, but it cost me dearly. I continued to fight, but I lost a lot of time and could not recoup.
Today the wind has increased, but conditions are equal for all, and after a few laps we are used to. We finished in the race, now we need to analyze a lot – let’s see what can be improved to the Grand Prix of China “.
Omar Safnauer, team leader: “It’s great to earn a point after such a difficult weekend. At the beginning of the race, everything went wrong, as we would like: Lance had to make a pit stop on the first lap after the incident with Grosjean, and Sergio turned into boxes on the eighth lap to remove the debris that caused the brakes to overheat. This spoiled our strategy, and it seemed that the racers would be difficult to recoup and earn points. It’s a shame, because they both started well, having won back several positions, and everything turned out to be in vain.
In the course of the race we showed a good pace and tried to win back what we lost. Then we were lucky with the meetings at the end of the race – this allowed Sergio to get into the top ten. ”
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