Sergio Perez: “I know Monza has a special place in the history of Formula One”


Credit: Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Sergio Perez is excited to be racing at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Sahara Force India driver had a positive Belgian Grand Prix after he finished in fifth. Closely behind team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. This performance enabled the Silverstone-based outfit to push down Williams Martini Racing in the Constructors’ Championship. Force India are now fourth.

Italy is one of Perez’s favourite places, he believes the Monza circuit is where Formula 1 should always race. He is excited to see the Italian fans with their strong support.

“I know Monza has a special place in the history of Formula One,” said Perez. “It’s one of the circuits where Formula One should always race.

“Italy is one of my favourite places: the people are very warm and welcoming, and they’re absolutely crazy for Formula One. The passion you see from the Italian fans reminds me of the atmosphere we saw in Mexico. There’s so much support; everyone is chanting and waving flags and there are so many people asking us for a photo when we arrive at or leave the track.

“You feel the lightness of the car in every corner because you’ve got so little aero load and it’s even hard to keep the steering wheel level on the straights. The two Lesmo corners are crucial: you need to be stable under braking and control your traction – get wheelspin out of the corner and you’ll destroy your tyres.

“Then you have the Parabolica: it lost a little of its challenge with the tarmac run-off but you still need to be very precise and use the very last inch of track in this interesting corner.”