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Peter Sauber has given rookie driver Sergio Pérez the vote of confidence following the opening three races of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship season in Australia, Malaysia and China and has added that the 2010 GP2 Series Vice-Champion has exceeded his expectations so far.
Pérez only finished 17th in China last weekend and had an incident filled race, but while he has yet to score - he lost his seventh place finish in Australia after the team was disqualified for contravening the technical regulations - the 21-year-old has still done enough to impress his new team boss.
“We knew that in Sergio we were getting a quick, young driver. Even so, with a rookie you never have a guarantee that he will be able to call on his full potential under the pressure of a race weekend. I had high expectations of Sergio, and I have to say that so far he has actually exceeded these,” Sauber said.
“He not only has the ability to look after his tyres extremely well, but also drives very consistently in the races.”
Sauber also added that issues in China - Pérez got a drive-through and a 10-second stop-go - are only natural given his lack of experience.
“Sergio is well aware that he is at the beginning of a long learning process, part of which will be incidents like the ones last Sunday in Shanghai,” Sauber added. “I’m in no doubt [though] that Sergio will maximise his huge potential step by step. The critical factor here is that he feels comfortable within the team and has an environment which helps him to develop as well as possible.”
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