Sergio Perez qualified for the fifth time in a row for the second weekend in Bahrain, but racing point driver will race with the old-spec Mercedes power unit at the Zakhir Grand Prix on Sunday.
Perez is set to take the podium for the second time in a row in Bahrain When MGU-K failure occurs on end laps, He caused a lot of damage to the power unit and had to go back to the old engine in the pool.
The Mexican is second only to the Q2 in that it costs two-thirds per second to use an older engine, but it does not match the speed of both Mercedes, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, or Ferrari’s Q3 in Q3.
“I think [fifth] I don’t think there is much in it where we end up, ”he said. “Depending on the age of the engine I am running here, after losing my latest engine in the last race, I think we will be fined.
Sergio Perez suggests that the ‘old engine’ will make Zakhir harder on the GP
“This is going to be the toughest race for us tomorrow, where linear speed is very important to achieve race and passing, so there is still a lot to play tomorrow and hopefully we can achieve some good points and hopefully bring the engine home.”
His teammate Lance Stroll finished 10th, but after the session he damaged his floor in Q2, meaning he did not have the speed to compete properly in the final section of the qualification.
“After Q2 we had a broken floor, so we lost a load in the back, we lost a lot of lap time in Q3,” he said. “[It broke on a] Bit of exit trail [turn] Eight, but it’s not that tough.
“I do not know what happened. I know what happened. It’s a shame, because it’s not really a very exit trail, and it ruined the whole floor. Lap is really bad for time, but it sucks, because we have too much speed. ”
He said: “It’s not such a big hit, so I’m shocked it’s so much damage.”