Pérez: 'Anything can happen' in Australia
20 March 2017 – Sergio Pérez has stressed the importance of being "ready at all times" during the season-opening Australian Grand Prix weekend, as Formula 1 teams get up to speed.
Melbourne, which has often staged the first round of the season since joining the Formula 1 calendar back in 1996, possesses special characteristics as a half-street circuit.
Discussing the fuss around the start of a season, and questions over the pecking order, which are not always answered immediately, Pérez said: "It's important not to get distracted.
"We want to start well and get back into the race weekend rhythm, and get on with our work.
"The track itself is quite enjoyable and it's a challenge to drive because it's almost a street circuit. It starts the weekend very green and as you go on, you get more grip and more confidence in your new car.
"I am confident we can do well and score points from the first race: Australia is a place where anything can happen and we have seen some very unpredictable races there in the past.
"You never know what opportunities turn up in a race so you have to be ready at all times to take them."
Pérez's team-mate, Esteban Ocon, will be driving at Albert Park for the first time, but feels confident after a smooth adaptation to Force India over the winter and pre-season.
"Of course it's not easy when you don't know the track in advance," said Ocon.
"So it's especially important to learn quickly in the Friday sessions and listen to the feedback from the engineers - whether it's where I can be faster or where we can make the car quicker.
"I think I have all the tools and all the people around me to do that.
"Joining this team has gone very smoothly from my perspective.
"The team welcomed me and made me feel at ease straight away. I feel very comfortable about the way we work and I feel this will help me give my best in Australia."