Pérez hoping to change Hungaroring record
24 July 2017 – Force India's Sergio Pérez is hopeful that his and the team's strong form this season will enable him to change his sub-par record at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pérez has taken points only once in Hungary, while competing for McLaren in 2013, and finished 11th in last year's race, having retired from the event in 2014 and 2015.
Pérez has secured top 10 finishes in 18 of the 20 Grands Prix since last year's Hungarian encounter, and is optimistic of capturing a strong result this weekend.
"You always want a good result before you break up because it's a long wait until you get back in the car," said Pérez.
"For whatever reason the Hungaroring hasn't been kind to me for the last few years so it's time to put that right.
"I think we can be quick in Budapest. We have been competitive on every type of track this year so there's nothing to worry about in Hungary.
"I like the twisty layout of the track – which reminds me of a street circuit – and when you find your rhythm it's very enjoyable to drive there.
"Overtaking isn't easy so you've got to deliver in qualifying or you know it's going to be a tough race on Sunday, [meaning] track position is so important."
Pérez, who holds seventh place in the standings, emphasised his belief that he is performing at his highest level this year.
"It's been a satisfying first half of the year," he commented.
"I'm proud of the team and the work we have done to improve our car. I also feel I'm performing at my best and driving well.
"I have big hopes for the second half of the year and I feel we have the potential to get some very good results."