An eventful Sunday for Perez

Sunday 18-March-2012 09:56

Sergio Perez concedes he had a "tough" grand prix in Australian that included not one but three incidents.

The Sauber driver started the race at the back of the grid after incurring a five grid-slot penalty for changing his gearbox after qualifying.

And working his way up through the field proved to be easier said than done especially after his first incident, which was with his own team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, resulted in a broken front wing.

That, though, was not the only moment for the Mexican driver.

He also collided with Pastor Maldonado and Nico Rosberg in the latter stages, which dropped him down to eighth place.

"After I had to start last on the grid because of changing the gear box I knew I had to try everything to gain positions right after the start," he said.

"I managed to get into 12th behind Kamui and touched his car while he had to avoid crashing into the Williams car in front of him. My front wing was then damaged and this was only one of the difficulties I had today during the race.

"I also had to save tyres, also for some time fuel, and I had to fight to defend my position. It really was a tough race for me.

"Then on the very last lap Pastor (Maldonado) crashed and I backed off because of the debris. But then Nico (Rosberg) overtook me, our cars touched and I had to finish the race with tyres that were completely gone.

Of course I'm not happy to have lost my position on the final lap, but I am very happy for the team because finishing sixth and eight is a good start to the season."

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