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Perez takes blame for Suzuka shunt

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Sergio Perez: "On the entry I put a wheel on the Astroturf and lost the rear end, it was driver error" © Getty Images
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Sergio Perez has taken the blame for his accident in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix but confirmed he was unharmed in the incident.

Perez lost the rear of his McLaren on the entry to Spoon corner after putting two wheels on the artificial grass on the entry. He said the biggest problem was the lost set-up time with the two tyre compounds on longer runs.

"On the entry I put a wheel on the Astroturf and lost the rear end, it was driver error," he explained. "There is not much room so I went straight into the wall, but unfortunately I think we lost quite a lot of work today, especially for the high-fuel run. Everything is fine with me but the impact was quite hard."

However, team-mate Jenson Button managed the ninth fastest time, one second, off the pace of Sebastian Vettel's best lap and Perez thinks McLaren could be more competitive this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow and feeling comfortable with the car so I think we can recover tomorrow. I think Jenson could have done a bit of a better lap, but we are more or less in the top ten. The aim for tomorrow is to make it into Q3."

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