The Mexican was 14th in both Friday practice sessions at the Sakhir venue, ending the day 1.870s away from the pace set by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s not the maximum day,” Perez said at the end of Friday running. “” I think most likely that our circuit is currently exposing more our limitations at the moment.
“We look farther away than we’re in Melbourne. We’re spending so much time, tonight we could pick up a number of tenths, a good balance, and we are able to be a bit closer. ”
Perez confessed after Australia that Racing Point had not gotten the expected performance boost from the upgrade package it had prepared for the start of the season.
He then identified grip in low-speed corners, which can be predominant at Bahrain, whilst the main weakness of the vehicle as of this time in the season.
Asked after FP2 from Motorsport.com whether he expected to unlock a whole good deal more laptime from the RP19 for qualifying and the race, the Mexican said: “No, I actually don’t think we have a whole good deal of time at the pocket book. We’ll have tonight if there’s anything we may do. ”
Perez had left the Q 3 shootout at Melbourne, but believes a replica is improbable at the Sakhir venue.
“” I don’t expect us to be in Q 3 to morrow , unless enjoy in Melbourne all of these teams make it wrong after which we are able to be there,” he said.
“But it is appearing like a hard weekend.
“[Making Q2] is likely to soon be difficullt. We really need to put all together in Q1, if we want to make it in to Q 2, and well a ideal Q 2 to be in a position to be present. ”
Lance Stroll agreed with his squadmate’s evaluation of Movements Point’s Q 3 opportunities in Bahrain.
“It [the car] needs any job,” Stroll said. “It is very competitive because minute, so we’ll look for some speed tonight and come back in better shape to morrow.
“We want some speed, there’s no doubt. It’s catchy at the moment, to find yourself in the top ten, which is without a doubt, looking at the time sheets. ”
The Canadian was 18th at FP1 and 17th at FP2, his programme disrupted by a crash at the prior session — as he spun exiting Turn 4 and then tapped the inside obstacle with the front wing of his RP19.
“Just put on the power a little bit early,” he clarified. “First run, but every run counts. ”
Lance Stroll, swaying Point RP19