Perez brands Malaysian GP "boring"

Sergio Perez has derided Formula One as "boring" after being reduced to the role of a spectator in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Force India driver Sergio Perez

Perez failed to even make it out of the Force India garage and on to the grid at the Sepang International Circuit due to a gearbox failure.

That led to the Mexican watching the race on television from the team's paddock building, and he was far from impressed as Mercedes scored a one-two spearheaded by Lewis Hamilton.

"For me it was quite a boring race, with Mercedes dominating, and nothing happening in the midfield," said Perez ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

"In Malaysia, if it doesn't rain, there's a lot of degradation with the tyres, a lot of issues with cooling, so it's difficult to follow another car.

"Here (at the Bahrain International Circuit) we will hopefully see good racing, generally we have good racing.

"The people are learning more about the cars, so hopefully for the fans and the good of Formula One we can have a good show here."

It was anticipated that the introduction of the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units would improve the show and shake up the grid.

For now, reigning four-times champions Red Bull are certainly on the back foot as Mercedes have undoubtedly stolen a march on their rivals.

However, whilst the drivers are working harder given their cars are sliding around more, that is having a negative impact.

"The racing has changed a lot," added Perez.

"There's a lot less downforce, and with the tyres, although Pirelli has gone aggressive with the compounds, they've made them harder, the degradation has not improved because you are sliding, as much as if it was a softer compound.

"To follow a car is difficult given the lack of downforce, so you have to be on a different strategy to make a move.

"The pace we saw compared to last year is really amazing. It was really slow, very, very slow, so the racing is more difficult.

"Although it's easier for a driver to make a mistake, you degrade the tyres by sliding more so you lose a lot of downforce and that makes it harder for us to attack someone who is on a similar pace to you."

Perez at least feels the racing will improve over time as teams again focus on aerodynamics rather than the power unit given the teething problems that continue to surround the new system.



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