Pérez did not show 'true pace' in Britain
17 July 2017 – Sergio Pérez believes he never demonstrated the real pace of his Force India VJM10 at the British Grand Prix, and pointed to a sub-par start as the primary cause.
Pérez lined up from sixth position on the grid but lost out to team-mate Esteban Ocon and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap.
Pérez remained within touching distance of Ocon for much of the race before both were overhauled by the recovering Daniel Ricciardo during the final stint, with Pérez coming home in ninth spot.
"It was a difficult race and I have a feeling we didn't get to demonstrate our true pace," Pérez explained.
"We should have finished higher, but in the end we still bring home points with both cars.
"I had a poor start and that compromised the rest of the afternoon, because I couldn't recover from it.
"Silverstone is one of the most difficult tracks on which to overtake, and even though I spent all my race within DRS range of Esteban, I never had a real opportunity to pass him.
"Being so close to the car in front damaged my tyres and cost me lots of downforce so there was nothing I could do.
"You can look back at the race and think of things that could have been done differently, but it's always easy to say this after the race."
Pérez slipped to seventh in the Drivers' Championship, behind Max Verstappen, as a result, though Force India strengthened its grip on fourth spot in the Constructors' battle.
The Silverstone-based squad now holds a 54-point advantage over Williams.