Sergio Perez: “I quite like the Hockenheimring”


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Sergio Perez is excited to see the good support from the German fans at this weekends German Grand Prix.

The Sahara Force India driver came away from the Hungarian Grand Prix disappointed as he failed to score points. The Silverstone-based outfit planned a one stop strategy but after Perez was unable to get the Medium compound to work, he began to drop down the grid.

When Perez came in for his second stop, the team were not quite ready. Which saw the Mexican lose valuable time, he finished the Grand Prix in eleventh. Perez has some strong memories in Germany after competing in Formula BMW.

“Every time I go to Hockenheim, I think about the beginning of my racing career in Europe,” said Perez. “I lived in Germany for two years during my Formula BMW days, when I was just fifteen, and I still have good friends there.

“It’s not just the memories – it’s great to meet German fans too. They are really knowledgeable about Formula One and they always show good support. Even though I used to live in Germany, the only thing I can say in German is: “Ich bin Checo” and “danke schön”.”

Perez believes the Hockenheimring is an interesting circuit. He is excited to participate at the Hockenheim for Force India. Even though he never saw the old Hockenheim, Perez believes they did a nice job with the new track.

“I quite like the Hockenheimring,” added Perez. “It’s an interesting circuit that always delivers some surprises and it’s great for racing with a really good overtaking zone into turn six. I never got to see or race on the old Hockenheim, but I think they did a nice job with the new track.

“The weather is usually very hot for this race and last time we raced there we had a track temperature of 55 degrees so the heat could be a factor, especially for tyre management.”