Despite leaving Monaco with a zero in the box, Force India still has a car very fast that is able to stand out in almost any type of layout with respect to the middle zone, and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has not been an exception. For the third time this season, the two riders of the team have gained access to the Q3, and both achieved the highest combined score of the team a return on the year so far, avoiding the tenth place.
Sergio Pérez will start tomorrow in eighth place for the third time this year. Although not finally managed to overcome the barrier of the 1:13, the improvement in his car was consistent throughout the session and his time of 1:13.018 left a few tenths behind the Williams of Felipe Massa. Satisfied with its performance, the mexican said that “the car has given me confidence, and my fastest laps were clean and without errors”.
His previous two experiences starting eighth in 2017 were as night and day: room in Montmeló, ninth in Shanghai. Find a middle ground that allows winning positions is the key for Perez, especially in terms of strategic. “The eighth is a good position to start the race and, even though the strategy options will be fairly limited on this track, I am confident that we will be able to get a good result. It will be a fight hard with the cars around us because the differences are small, but our race pace looked good yesterday, so we should be competitive”.
it Will be a fight lasts, the differences are small, but we should be competitive
, Esteban Ocon agreed for the third time to the Q3, having ranked only a half tenths of Perez in Q1 and Q2. On this occasion, his experience differed from that of Sochi and Montmeló, where ended up being the “least fast” of the session, because, even though it was little more than a tenth of Perez, managed to beat the Renault of Nico Hülkenberg to get the best position on the grill of his career.
“Starting ninth here, it means that we are already in the points, and I have a good feeling for the race,”, stated the pilot of Force India. “The priority is to have a first clean lap, stay out of trouble and find a rhythm to maximise our competitive race pace”. The French rider, whose best time in the final round was a 1:13.135, was delighted with his machine, which “has been going strong since the first of the free, and we have done a good job in all the sessions, advancing and improving the car in every batch”.
in Addition, Ocon says he is enjoying his first experience behind the wheel in the canadian circuit: “I’ve gone step-by-step and building my confidence with the car and the path. I’ve enjoyed the classification, squeezing more and more in the chicanes, and approaching more to the walls. It is a circuit of the old school, and a challenge for the pilots”.