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GP Week : Issue 122
No point in a one- stop strategy for Perez Despite being the only driver to complete the European Grand Prix on a one-stop strategy, Sauber driver Sergio Perez was unable to collect any points in his first race since a horrific crash during qualifying in Monaco a month ago. While the team might have hoped for a repeat of the Mexican driver’s Melbourne performance – which saw the rookie secure a seventh-place finish before both Saubers were disqualified for a technical infringement – it was not to be. Perez started the race on Pirelli’s revised medium compound, which made its grand prix debut in Valencia, and made his FIA-mandated stop for the soft tyre on lap 25. After the race Perez explained “I had a very difficult time with the harder tyres, but also with the softer ones I had a lack of grip. ... I’m afraid this was the maximum we could get today.” Teammate Kamui Kobayashi had similar struggles on the tyres, and admitted after the race that he found them difficult to manage on Sunday afternoon. 30