Force India's Mexican driver Sergio Perez drives during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Force India’s Sergio Perez is hoping that the lack of running at the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday could mean an opportunity for him and his team as the top outfits fail to get the necessary running to ensure their cars are running at optimum performance in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

With just FP3 left to get the cars ready for both qualifying and the race, teams have just 60 minutes to get everything done and in some cases, 60 minutes just won’t be enough.

As a result, this could see the midfield teams have a rare opportunity to make it higher up the grid, if they play their cards just right…

“It’s always frustrating when you cannot do any running because it’s a lost chance to prepare for the weekend. It’s also a shame for the fans: the grandstand had a good crowd and they have been so supportive throughout the day,” the Mexican said.

“The hope is that the rest of the weekend will give them something to cheer about. Missing all today’s running is a challenge, not just for tomorrow, but also for Sunday because FP3 is a very short session to recover all the lost ground. I am still positive about our weekend: I think today’s lack of running can turn into an opportunity for us and I hope we can benefit from it and come away with a strong result.”