Sergio Perez: “We have everything in place to be competitive this weekend”


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After a relaxing summer-break, Sergio Perez is pleased to return racing this weekend when the 2016 Formula 1 season resumes for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Sahara Force India driver had a disappointing finish to the first half of the season after dropping from ninth to sixteenth in the first corner of the German Grand Prix. With a good strategy, he managed push himself to finish in the points in tenth.

Perez is hopeful the Silverstone-based outfit can continue their strong performance into the second half of the season. Every weekend the team approach it knowing they can be strong, and at the Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the Mexican believes Force India have everything in place to be competitive.

“The summer break was a great opportunity to relax, especially as this season is quite long and the races don’t leave us too much time to recover,” said Perez. “It’s always great to go home and I can’t wait to be back there later in the year when we come racing in Mexico City.

“Spa is one of the most historical tracks; one of those kids dream about, with legendary corners like Eau Rouge. You never get a boring race there. There are many fast corners and you pay a price for all mistakes because it’s an old-school track with not much run-off. It’s one of the circuits where the driver can make a difference and bravery is rewarded.

“We have been really strong in the last few races before the break and hopefully we can keep this form in the second part of the season. We approach every weekend knowing we can be strong. I am enjoying my driving and working with the team, and I think we have everything in place to be competitive this weekend.”