Sergio Perez: "The next race is in Austin [Texas, USA]. I can’t wait to go racing again so close to my home [Mexico]"
Sergio Perez (Started 8th - Finished 9th): “This was a very complicated race – and harder than we’d expected.
But, despite that, in the event I found it difficult to overtake, and the fact that I spent a lot of the race stuck in traffic therefore made things very difficult.
Still, it was a positive to be able to take ninth position from Adrian [Sutil] on the very last lap – one more point for the team may not sound much but it’s always helpful.
The next race is in Austin [Texas, USA]. I can’t wait to go racing again so close to my home [Mexico], and to see the people who’ve supported me so well during this difficult season.”
Jenson Button (Started 12th - Finished 12th): “You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there was a little bit of argy-bargy into Turn One. I duly locked-up both my front tyres, couldn’t slow the car down sufficiently, and drove into the back of Paul [di Resta], which broke my front-wing end-plate.
It’s a real pity to keep on having first-lap incidents, especially when the car is working reasonably well now.
I’ve been in a similar situation for the past two races, and things haven’t really gone my way. Still, I managed 44 laps on the Prime – and, in terms of getting the most out of what we had, that felt positive.
So, all in all, given how far behind we were after lap two [when he made his unscheduled early pit-stop], to finish so close to 10th by the chequer wasn’t so bad.”
Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: “Checo was unfortunate in that he spent a lot of the race stuck behind slower cars – and, although he showed his fighting spirit at the end by passing Adrian for ninth place, ultimately his was a disappointing result.
Jenson was unlucky to incur front-wing damage at the start, as a result of contact with another car, triggering an unscheduled early pitstop. However, thereafter he did a truly brilliant job of tyre management, running the Prime for an extremely impressive 44 laps [from lap 12 to lap 55, inclusive].
Had that early mishap not occurred – and had he instead been able to drive the first 44 laps of the race on the Prime – undoubtedly he’d have been able to finish very strongly and thereby score a decent number of world championship points.
So that was a great pity, because as I say he drove beautifully and in my view a performance of that quality deserves to be rewarded with world championship points. But that’s racing.
From here we travel to Austin, where we hope that Formula 1 will once again put on a spectacular show in a market that’s full of avid racing fans and is of course also crucial to most if not all of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ many partners.”