Perez: A big shame

Date published: July 4 2016

Sergio Perez’s Austrian Grand Prix ended on the final lap as his Force India suffered brake failure, sending him straight on into the barriers.

Perez was lapping in eighth place at the Red Bull Ring as he looked to bring his VJM09 home inside the points.

That eighth place could have been a seventh on the line as he stuck close to Romain Grosjean, who was set to have a five-second penalty added to his finishing time.

However, instead of taking points, Perez found himself hurtling across the gravel and into the barriers at Turn 3 as his car’s brakes failed.

It was a heavy hit but thankfully Perez walked away uninjured.

“It’s a big shame that we retired on the last lap of the race,” he said. I’m feeling sad for the team because we really deserved some points.

“Yesterday and today we have been really unlucky, and it’s frustrating because we’ve been competitive here with our pace. The race was going really well and I thought we had the points in our pocket.

“I was pushing hard to stay close to Grosjean because I knew he had a five seconds time penalty. Then, on the final lap, going into Turn Three, I had no brakes and went straight on. I touched the barrier and damaged the front of the car, but I’m perfectly okay.

“It’s annoying because the team did everything right today and it’s just bad luck which stopped our great recovery.”