Pérez 'back on form' in Brazil qualifying
12 November 2017 – Sergio Pérez expressed delight at being "back on form" at the Brazilian Grand Prix, as he led Force India's charge in qualifying for the first time since Singapore.
Pérez was out-qualified by younger team-mate Esteban Ocon in Malaysia, Japan and the United States, as he struggled to adapt to Force India's latest updates.
However, he turned the tables in Saturday's qualifying session at Interlagos to lead the midfield charge in sixth, after Ocon dropped out in Q2 in 11th position.
Pérez will gain a spot on the grid when Daniel Ricciardo's engine-related penalty is applied.
"I am very pleased with the result, especially given how difficult the last couple of weekends have been for me in qualifying," commented Pérez.
"It was a good fight to get into Q3 because our rivals were pushing us really hard, but I managed a good lap in difficult conditions to be sixth – the maximum we could hope for.
"I have to say 'thank you' to the team.
"We went through everything to understand how the latest upgrades on the car work because I seemed to struggle a bit in qualifying at the last few races.
"The engineers have worked so hard and the result proves our pace.
"I am pleased to be back on form and I am looking forward to the race."
Ocon expressed frustration at his Q2 exit, but is hopeful of making up ground in the race, with free choice over his starting tyre.
"For whatever reason, we didn't make our usual step between Friday and Saturday, and that's one of the reasons we were not as strong as we should have been," he said.
"I was also struggling with putting all the sectors together over one lap because I was gaining time in sector one, but losing grip in sector two.
"It feels as though we just didn't get the most from the tyres when it mattered in Q2.
"On the positive side, I will move up a place on the grid with Daniel's grid penalty and I have a free choice of tyres for the race."