Pérez hails 'unbelievable' Monza podium
9 September 2012 – Sergio Pérez impressed yet again at Monza, charging through from twelfth on the grid to finish just four seconds behind Lewis Hamilton in the Italian Grand Prix. The result marks the Sauber driver’s third podium finish of the 2012 Formula 1 season.
Second in Malaysia and third in Canada has been followed by second at Monza, in Ferrari’s home race. The Mexican is still tipped as Fernando Alonso’s most likely team-mate for next year, should the Scuderia elect to drop Felipe Massa.
“It was a great race for me, for my team,” Pérez told triple Champion Niki Lauda in front of hoards of fans on the podium. “It’s unbelievable to have a podium at Monza with all of these people, it’s really special. I went for the Prime (tyres), stopped very late and then went for fresh tyres at the end, so it’s unbelievable to be here.”
Pérez, ninth in the Drivers’ Championship, has now moved to within 11 points of Lotus driver Romain Grosjean who was unable to race on Sunday because of a ban.