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German GP: Racing Point's Perez aiming for much-needed points

2019-07-28 12:11
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Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

SportPesa Racing Point Formula 1 team will be happy with Saturday's qualifying performance. Sergio Perez managed to get in Q3 while Lance Stroll struggled in Q2 and will start 15th on the grid. 

But it was Perez who will have the best chance to score much-needed points for the SportPesa outfit at the German Grand Prix, he'll start in eight position. 

This is what both drivers and team principal Otmar Szanfnauer had to say about qualifying: 

Sergio: "We’ve taken a step forward this weekend and the new parts have made a difference. We have a good opportunity to race well and score points. Reaching Q3 again is a big boost for everyone in the team after a few difficult races. All the way from Q1 to Q3 I gave it everything and the margins in the middle of the grid were so small. Today a tenth here and there made a big difference. 

Lance: "The car felt good in Q1 and we were competitive, but Q2 fell away from me. Yesterday we were looking really strong but we didn’t really get the balance right in Q2 and if anything took a step backwards compared to where we were. I’m a little bit frustrated, but tomorrow is another day."

SportPesa Racing Point's team principal says: "We’ve improved the car this weekend and today’s qualifying effort shows the hard work is beginning to pay off. Sergio is well placed starting from P8 and he delivered some clean and tidy laps across all three sessions. Lance progressed to Q2 and was much happier with the car in the lead up to qualifying. Some balance issues held him back in Q2, but I think he can move up the order tomorrow with the race pace we have in the car.”

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