Perez backs decision to postpone qualifying

16 March 2013 by TF1T Staff

Sergio Perez has backed the FIA's decision to postpone qualifying until Sunday morning because of the 'dangerous' conditions the weather presented.

Despite several delays totalling over 90 minutes, the weather conditions failed to improve and race control made the decision to postpone qualifying until just six hours before the start of the race on Sunday.

The Mexican expects a tough morning ahead.

"Well, even though we didn’t manage to finish it, that was a really dramatic qualifying session, full of suspense and excitement," he said afterwards.

"We’ll have to follow a really tight schedule tomorrow – including a very short turn-around between qualifying and race – and that’ll be tough for everyone, especially the guys in the garage.

"Even so, I think the FIA stewards made the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3. The conditions were becoming too dangerous – in terms of low visibility as well as low grip."

The McLaren driver also expects a tough race considering where their car lies in terms of performance relative to its rivals.

"Tomorrow may be a tricky day for us, because our car isn’t yet as competitive as it’ll become, but our aim will be to score points with both cars so as to keep in touch with the teams who currently appear to be a little way ahead of us in terms of performance."