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Perez laments 'boring' Malaysian GP

Thursday 3rd April 2014

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Perez laments 'boring' Malaysian GP

Perez laments 'boring' Malaysian GP

Sergio Perez was not happy with the racing last time out in Malaysia, saying it was a "boring" Sunday for the midfield runners.

Forced to the sidelines when his VJM07 suffered a gearbox problem on the way to the grid, Perez had the opportunity to watch the grand prix as a spectator.

And the Mexican racer wasn't very impressed with what he saw.

It was another Mercedes show as Lewis Hamilton romped into the distance to claim his first win of the season ahead of Nico Rosberg.

As for those further back, Perez reckons there wasn't much going on.

"For me it was quite a boring race, with Mercedes dominating, and nothing happening in the midfield," said the Force India driver.

"In Malaysia, if it doesn't rain, there's a lot of degradation with the tyres, a lot of issues with cooling, so it's difficult to follow another car.

"Here (at the Bahrain International Circuit) we will hopefully see good racing, generally we have good racing.

"The people are learning more about the cars, so hopefully for the fans and the good of Formula One we can have a good show here."

Perez bills the difference between last year's racing and this season's down to the numerous changes F1 underwent in the winter.

Not only did the sport introduce 1.6-litre V6 engines but the car's aerodynamics also changed making it all a bit more difficult for the drivers.

"The racing has changed a lot.

"There's a lot less downforce, and with the tyres, although Pirelli has gone aggressive with the compounds, they've made them harder, the degradation has not improved because you are sliding, as much as if it was a softer compound.

"To follow a car is difficult given the lack of downforce, so you have to be on a different strategy to make a move.

"The pace we saw compared to last year is really amazing. It was really slow, very, very slow, so the racing is more difficult.

"Although it's easier for a driver to make a mistake, you degrade the tyres by sliding more so you lose a lot of downforce and that makes it harder for us to attack someone who is on a similar pace to you."

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