Sergio Perez says it is a miracle that he even managed to start the car that stopped during the formation lap and is happy that after starting from the pits he managed to finish fifth and score important points in his first race for Red Bull.
Perez didn’t have good qualifying on Saturday as he failed to set a good enough time on medium tyres to make it to Q3, and during the warm-up lap his Red Bull RB16B stopped on the track.
The Mexican says that he was already ready to get out of the car, but somehow he still managed to start it and start the race from the pitlane.
“Considering my race almost didn’t happen today, I think overall we can be pleased with the race and take away the positives as the pace was really good and the potential is there,” said Perez.
“On the formation lap, all of a sudden the car shut down and I was so close to jumping out but I stayed in and somehow the car got going again which was a miracle really.”
“That meant we had to start from the pit lane which wasn’t ideal but we managed to recover and I was just happy to complete the race and get that important mileage under my belt.”
“It was really important to get that and of course it’s a shame that Max didn’t win the race for the Team but it will come I’m sure and we will get there. We’ve got a lot of data to analyse now so that we understand everything and make sure we come back stronger at the next race in Imola.”