Pérez eager to make up for lost points
30 August 2013 – McLaren's Sergio Pérez is eyeing a return to the points-paying positions at Monza, having narrowly missed out in Belgium after being penalised by the race stewards.
The Mexican, who was handed a drive through for his pass on Romain Grosjean at Spa-Francorchamps, says although he does not expect the MP4-28 to challenge at the front in ultra-low downforce configuration, he is optimistic of fighting for the top ten.
"After the disappointment of Spa, where we had the pace to score points, I'm keen to get another shot," said Pérez, who finished 11th in the Belgian race. "As in Hungary and Belgium, we don't expect to have a car that'll be capable of fighting right at the front, but I hope we'll be scrapping for points positions. That's always fun, because then it's really down to the team and driver to maximise every opportunity on the day."
Pérez is also drawing confidence from his performance at the venue 12 months ago, where he mastered tyre degradation and equalled his career best finish of second.
"I had one of my best races in Formula 1 at Monza last year – everything came right on Sunday, I looked after the tyres beautifully and overtook Fernando Alonso on my way to second, which equals my best-ever result," he recalled. "That was a fantastic day."
Pérez, who switched from Sauber at the end of last year, has scored points on five occasions this season, with a best finish of sixth coming at the Bahrain Grand Prix.