Only Hamilton separates Perez and Ocon on the grill


Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are doomed to be together. After the last rifirrafes that have been the protagonists of the two pilots Force India, the GP of Austria, has served to put a point of peace between the two. However, the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring has rejoined his ways. In fact, Perez and Ocon had been ranked in consecutive positions once more, although finally will not be so close together after the application of the penalty of Lewis Hamilton. While Sergio Perez will start seventh, Esteban Ocon is ninth on the grid.

despite not improving his lap from Q2 in the decisive Q3, Sergio Perez has reached a positive eighth position, converted in the seventh for the penalty to Hamilton: “I am satisfied with our performance today. I think that was one of my best qualifying sessions if we take into account how difficult have been the things before the session. I finished seventeenth in the second practice, and eighteenth in free practice this morning“.

I Think that was one of my best qualifying sessions if we take into account how we came

In this line, the pilot of Force India added: “Watching all of this, to get in ranking the eighth place gives a sample of the giant steps we have taken to improve the car. It has been a great effort of the whole team and although we had a bit of bad luck with the yellow flag in the final part of the session, we can be satisfied“.

This result in classification has been a boost to the options of Sergio Perez in Sunday’s race: “I Am many looking forward to the race and I think we will be even stronger in terms of long runs. We have to keep an eye on the sky, but is the race in the wet or dry I think we can have a good performance tomorrow“.


Something most upset was Esteban Ocon at the end of Q3: “I’m Not entirely happy with the ninth place by everything that happened in the session, although it is still a good starting position. My quick lap in Q3 was on used tyres and the yellow flags prevented me from finishing my attempt with new rubbers. I feel like I could have been at least a couple of places above, but these things happen“.

We should check if there is something we could have done better, but I am still positive in relation to this weekend. We have improved a lot since yesterday and the feeling I have in the car is much better now than during the free. I like this track and it is a place where you can overtake, so I hope we can bring ‘home’ some good points tomorrow” he concluded Ocon.