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Following Sauber’s superb performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Sergio Pérez finishing second and narrowly losing out to the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, the Mexican is positive that his maiden Formula 1 victory is not far away.
Pérez entered F1 in 2011, joining Sauber after finishing runner-up to Pastor Maldonado in the previous year’s GP2 championship. Hailing from the Mexican city of Guadalajara, his car racing career began in 2004 and he was British Formula 3 National Class Champion of 2007, then finishing fourth in the series’ overall standings when Jaime Alguersuari won the crown in 2008.
“The target is to keep improving our overall performance and the car,” Pérez said in Dallas on Monday, where he was passing through for a connecting flight to Mexico from Kuala Lumpur. “We have to push hard and, of course, we have to stay realistic. Although the pace in the race was good, we should not forget that this result came after a very special race in extraordinary conditions.
“Ultimately I always wanted to win races and I strongly believe my first win in Formula 1 will come sooner or later - in an ideal world it will happen this year.”
Pérez is now fifth in the Drivers’ Championship, ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
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