HOCKENHEIM, 19th July 2014 (F1Plus / Graham Keilloh) - Sergio Perez made it through to today the final session of qualifying and will start in tenth place for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix despite a gearbox and hydraulic problem limiting him to single flying lap in Q2.
Perez afterwards admitted that he was as surprised as anyone to make it through to the final top ten shootout.
“In Q1 we were not so good, and I had an issue with the gearbox in Q2 with my first set of tyres so we didn’t get to run that set, so that really put us far behind," said Perez.
“We only got one shot at it to make it into Q3, obviously the track improvement was quite large, so by only doing a single lap we were so close to make it or not to make it,
"so I was really happy for us and for the team because it was a great effort to turn everything around after all the issues we had with the first set with the hydraulics, so to come back and put the lap together was a great effort from the team.
“It was really difficult to get into the top ten, we had to get everything right today to make it…in that respect it’s a very good effort from the team and I’m very happy on that.”
He wasn’t yet sure however if the problems experienced in qualifying are sorted for tomorrow’s race.
“We are checking that at the moment to make sure it’s safe to keep everything in it before doing any change.”
Nevertheless Perez expected to be even stronger in the race than in qualifying, and hoped that the high temperatures experienced throughout the meeting so far would remain for the race, as this will suit his car.
“We were really strong on Friday on our long run with hot conditions, so if it stays like this we know what we have to do, I’m very confident on that.
"But anything can happen tomorrow we’re expecting some rain at some point so it will be interesting what happens tomorrow.
“I expect things to go forward, we definitely have more race pace than quali pace, and this condition seems to suit us well with the degradation so I think we should be in a strong position tomorrow to fight for big points.”
Teammate Nico Hulkenberg qualified ninth.