Pérez: India proved what I can do
30 October 2013 – McLaren driver Sergio Pérez will be gunning for another good result in Abu Dhabi this weekend off the back of his ‘strongest performance of the season so far’ in India.
Pérez has still to be officially confirmed for 2014, despite signing a multi-year agreement with the Woking-based outfit twelve months ago, and rumours persist that he could be dropped. Speaking ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Mexican pointed out that his result at the Buddh International Circuit a few days ago is proof of what he can do, providing he has a ‘solid car’.
“I think that the Indian Grand Prix was my strongest performance of the season so far, and a good example of what I feel I’m capable of when I have a solid car beneath me, and the opportunity to push and press my opponents. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend,” he stated.
“You won’t be surprised to hear that I’ll be aiming to carry that momentum over into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [too]. The Yas Marina circuit is one of the most impressive and sophisticated racetracks in the world – the first two sectors, which are a series of high-speed sweeps and hard stops, are great fun to drive, while the final sector is a little trickier, because although it’s much slower it requires great precision. Getting the set-up right around here is always a compromise, also.
“After several races of poor luck, it was great to reverse that trend in India [and finish in fifth place]. Now, of course, I’ll be looking for another strong finish to carry me into my ‘home’ race in Austin, Texas, next month.
“I would love to be able to give my ‘home’ fans something extra to cheer about!” he concluded.