Sergio Perez: “Sochi was a big boost for all of us”


(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Tim Wright (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Race Engineer on the grid. Russian Grand Prix, Sunday 1st May 2016. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.

Sergio Perez is looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend and hopes to add to the points he scored in Sochi.

At the Russian Grand Prix, the Sahara Force India driver secured his first points of the 2016 Formula 1 season. The Mexican made a reasonable start and managed to jump into fifth position but after a first lap puncture, which caused him to drop towards the rear of the field, he only managed to recover to ninth.

After a difficult start to the year, Perez feels as if the momentum is now changing and the successful performance in Sochi was a big boost for the Silverstone based team.

“The atmosphere in Barcelona is always special and for me it’s one of the best tracks of the year,” said Perez. “I enjoy the layout because it’s a true test of your car with a bit of everything, especially long, quick corners, which all the drivers enjoy.

“It’s a track where you feel the physical demands, especially on your neck, but overall it’s just a great place to experience a Formula One car. The only downside is that it’s difficult to overtake, but it’s still possible with DRS on the approach to turn one, especially if the car ahead is suffering with high tyre degradation. 

“It was important to get back into the points in Russia. The car performed very well all weekend and I can feel the progress we’ve made since the start of the year. It was not a smooth race, but we didn’t give up and scoring two points was a good recovery.

“It’s been a difficult start to the year, but it feels like the momentum is changing now and the performance in Sochi was a big boost for all of us. Barcelona will be the first chance to run our updated car. It’s going to be a huge task to understand everything on Friday, but it’s always exciting to try new parts on the car.”