Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Perez laments 'boring' Malaysian GP

Thursday 3rd April 2014

 RSS

Share:

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."

Keeping Cool In Abu Dhabi

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...