Sergio Perez: “The Austrians have a great passion for Formula One”


Sergio Perez is looking to put the disappointment of missing out on points in Canada two weeks ago behind him as the Formula 1 circus returns to Europe for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India driver Perez admits that he is looking forward to this weekend’s event, feeling positive about the circuit and the atmosphere in Austria. He is hoping for a clean qualifying session on Saturday to boost his chances of returning to the points.

“The race in Austria is one I’m really looking forward to, both for the driving and everything that is around the event,” insisted Perez. “The circuit has a simple layout and few corners and so the margins between drivers are smaller compared to some other tracks.

“It means a mistake in qualifying can set you back a long way. It requires a lot of concentration but it’s fun to drive, with elevation changes and some very tricky corners.”

Perez had a strong weekend in Austria twelve months ago, making up from a lowly grid slot following a grid penalty carried over from the preceding Canadian race to move up from sixteenth on the grid to finish sixth, setting fastest lap in the process. He is looking forward to returning to the circuit this year, and praises the fans for their passion.

“Not scoring in Canada was a disappointment so I want to make up for that in Austria,” revealed Perez. “Last year it was not an easy race for me, starting far down the order, but we had a brilliant race, scored well and set the fastest lap of the race.

“I remember getting to the Red Bull Ring for the first time last year, having never raced there, and meeting the fans. They had been waiting for the race for a long time and they helped create a great atmosphere.

“The Austrians have a great passion for Formula One – just like the Mexicans – and they are very proud of their Grand Prix.”