Pérez thanks doctors after 'hardest race'
1 October 2017 – Sergio Pérez expressed his gratitude to doctors at the Malaysian Grand Prix after he overcame illness to claim sixth position for Force India.
Pérez felt unwell throughout the weekend at Sepang but made gains at the start to move from ninth to sixth, and overhauled McLaren rival Stoffel Vandoorne to run in fifth.
He was ultimately passed by the recovering Sebastian Vettel but came home in sixth place to register another points finish.
"It was probably the hardest race of my career, on a weekend in which I feared I would need to give up," said Pérez.
"It is an amazing result just to make it to the finish: I just kept going out of willingness to do it and I have to thank the doctors for helping me out.
"Having a good start was the key to my race and so was passing Vandoorne during the first few laps.
"After that, I was able to manage my race and it was all pretty uneventful.
"We were able to extend the first stint and manage our tyres well.
"I was only under pressure from Vettel, but that was not really my fight.
"We scored some more important points for the team and I am happy to come home with a good result after such a difficult weekend.
"I hope to be back to full fitness in Japan."
Pérez's team-mate, Esteban Ocon, came home in 10th place, having made contact with both Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race.