Speaking to Sky Sports F1 immediately after the race, Perez said that he was pleased with vital points gained but lamented his poor start to the race.
“It was not an easy one," he said. "I had a terrible start. I ended up losing a place to George [Russell] and then another place to Lewis [Hamilton] into turn four.
"From then on, I was fighting, I had to use a lot of my tyres and then I think I paid the price towards the end. Overall, it’s been a good day, good points there but I think without the start we could have been a lot further up.
“The problem I had is that I couldn’t manage. I had to push and we know that this place is very sensitive for that so I ended up pushing a lot. Unfortunately, in the end it ended up costing us.
“Obviously, it’s important but it’s more important to keep that momentum going now. We have [had] a very good day overall and hopefully tomorrow we can consolidate on a front result.”
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