Perez “feeling sad” for Force India after late brake failure

Sergio Perez says he felt “sad” for his Force India team after a brake failure cost him a possible seventh-place finish in Austria.

Perez “feeling sad” for Force India after late brake failure
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 with Tim Wright, Sahara Force India F1 Team Race Engineer on the grid
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09

Perez was eighth on the road but was still set to pick up a position from the penalised Romain Grosjean when he went off on the penultimate lap.

The team had not been able to communicate with him about the extent of his brake issues due to the radio restrictions.

The Mexican had a difficult weekend up until then, having given up his car to Alfonso Celis in FP1, lost much of FP2 to the rain, and then suffered a rear suspension failure in Q1 that left him 16th on the grid.

“We basically had bad luck the whole weekend,” he said. “It's been a strong weekend for us, with the limited mileage that I had all the way through, I think we managed to recover well.

"We were doing a tremendous race, and I was fighting for position with Grosjean, because he had a penalty of five seconds, so I was pushing hard.

"The brakes were feeling fine and then I got into Turn 3, and I had no brakes. I pressed the pedal and there was nothing in it, so I went straight into the tyre barrier.

“I'm feeling sad for the team basically, because we deserved those points. It was a great chance to take points out of Williams, and we didn't. We have to improve our reliability, and go from there.

“I'm happy with my performance the whole weekend. My pace, my rhythm, and everything. I've done everything right today, but sometimes these failures happen.”

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