Yellow flags hamper Perez and Magnussen

Bahrain Grand Prix – Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen were hampered by yellow flags, causing them an early exit from qualifying.

Both drivers were forced to abort their laps when Carlos Sainz had to pull his Toro Rosso over at the final corner when he was hit with a power unit issue.

Double-waved yellows were shown, forcing Perez to give up on a lap he believes would have been strong enough to get him into Q2.

“It’s a shame because I had the speed to be much higher up, but sometimes things just don’t work out,” he said.

“I still feel positive for the race because we made some good progress between final practice and qualifying. I felt much happier in the car, but we could not show it with the final result.”

Magnussen’s team mate Romain Grosjean went on to qualifying inside the top ten, but the Dane has not given up hope on a strong race result despite starting last.

“There’s no reason to give up. We’ll just do what we can,” Magnussen said.

 “It’s bad luck. These things happen, but it’s always annoying. That’s how it is sometimes, but we’ve just got to get up tomorrow and have a good race.”

Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer were penalised after qualifying in China for not slowing sufficiently in a double-waved yellow zone after Antonio Giovinazzi’s crash.

Drivers are now less likely to push the limits of the rulebook in these circumstances as a result.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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