Pérez targets podium finish from second row
6 April 2014 – Sergio Pérez is hoping to finish on the Bahrain Grand Prix podium after an impressive qualifying performance.
The Force India driver converted his strong practice pace into a top five result during Saturday's grid-deciding session, which becomes fourth after Daniel Ricciardo's grid penalty.
"It was definitely a great qualifying session and the team did a fantastic job to give me such a competitive car," said Pérez.
"After the problems we had in the first two races I feel this has been the first real opportunity to show the potential of the car.
"The clear target must be to aim for the podium. We're in the best possible position to fight at the front and I'm going to make the most of it. I've got some very good memories here but I want to create even better ones."
In the sister Force India, Nico Hülkenberg endured a more challenging session, falling at the Q2 hurdle after making an error on his final timed attempt. The German will start from 11th after Ricciardo's relegation.
"My lap in Q2 was not the best one," Hülkenberg conceded. "I made a mistake at Turn 11 and ran wide, which ruined my lap. I lost a couple of tenths and that made the difference between making it into Q3 and missing out.
"But I believe the chance for a good result in the race is still there and I feel optimistic. We showed [throughout practice] on Friday that we have good long run pace and I have two new sets of Soft tyes for the race."