Pérez thrilled with 12-place rise to podium
10 June 2012 – Sergio Pérez picked up a second F1 podium finish in Canada, preserving his tyres for an extremely long first stint before taking advantage of struggling front-runners in the closing stages. Mirroring a strategy similar to that of his maiden race in Australia last year, the Mexican was able to storm from 15th on the grid to third at the chequered flag.
“To be honest, the podium was the last thing I was thinking about,” said the Sauber driver, who had finished second in Malaysia after almost hunting down Fernando Alonso. “The first stint was quite good and the pit-stop itself very good. Then the second stint was very, very good! Degradation was not high for me and I managed my pace well to get some other drivers.”
Pérez, who finished runner-up to Pastor Maldonado in the 2010 GP2 championship, was extra pleased following a miserable day for Sauber on Saturday:
“It is a great result for the team after such a bad team yesterday, when we have a lot of trouble with the brakes. To now finish on the podium is a great boost.”