'Pérez has perfect understanding of tyres'
12 June 2012 – Sergio Pérez is one of, if not the, best driver on the current grid in terms of understanding the 2012 tyres. That is the view of Paul Hembery, Motorsport Director for Pirelli, after the Mexican finished third in Montreal on Sunday.
The Sauber man’s drive was not dissimilar to that of his very first Formula 1 race in Australia last year, with the 22-year-old having risen from 15th on the grid to the final podium slot as others began to struggle at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Particular congratulations as well to our former test driver Romain Grosjean, who was only 2.5 seconds behind at the end on a one-stop strategy,” Hembery begins.
“It was another great drive from Sergio Pérez, who once again demonstrated his perfect understanding of the tyres. The result is one of the youngest podiums we have seen in Formula 1, which goes to show that the future of the sport is in safe hands.
“With warmer conditions and no Safety Cars, the degradation was maybe a little more than some people expected, which led to Alonso and Vettel’s tyres losing performance in the closing stages after running very long stints.”
More high track temperatures are on the cards for when F1 regroups at Round 8, which takes place on the Valencia Street Circuit next weekend.