It was an extraordinary qualifying session for Sergio Perez, with the Force India the closest challenger to the Mercedes, but after Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton having their own problems it could have been even better for the Force India driver.
Pole position was never on though for Sergio Perez who had an accident in FP3 which meant the team had to change the gearbox, and giving the Mexican a five place grid penalty.
Talking in the drivers press conference, Perez said: “Obviously I’m a still a bit angry, no, from the mistake of this morning. But very happy, I think it’s a mix of feelings today. I think the lap that we put together in Q3 was very, very strong.
“It was a very difficult session for me, because obviously there is not a lot of time. After a crash you obviously lose some confidence.
“To get it back, to get in the rhythm again was great. Very pleased with that and hopefully tomorrow we can do a lot of progress and aim for a very strong position. I think definitely the team deserved.
“Obviously, with the penalty I’m starting seventh. I think the team deserves more than and hopefully tomorrow we can put together a strong race.”
The penalty demotes him to seventh, promoting Daniel Ricciardo to the front row in the Red Bull.