Sergio Perez: “It’s the most important race and the one we all want to win”


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For Sergio Perez, the Monte Carlo street circuit in Monaco is his favourite circuit because the contribution of the driver is greater compared to other circuits.

The Sahara Force India F1 driver drove the VJM10 home in tenth at the Spanish Grand Prix, the Silverstone-based outfit’s best result of the season so far. Despite a poor start at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Perez soon made up the places after staying out of trouble.

The Mexican still feels excited every year he races there and qualifying is everything for the drivers as often this determines where they’ll finish on Sunday. With the circuit being extremely tight, there is no room for error, but after his podium at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, where he started seventh, this shows him anything is possible.

“When you think of Formula One, you think of Monaco,” said Perez. “It’s the most important race and the one we all want to win.

“When I was a child, I dreamed about driving on the famous streets and I still feel excited every year I race there. To finish on the podium last year shows that anything is possible. It’s such a unique race; a big highlight of the year. Monaco is my favourite track because it’s the biggest challenge. I think the contribution of the driver is greater compared to other tracks.

“There is no room for mistakes and you need to take small risks to find extra performance. It’s a test of concentration for almost two hours, which is why it’s such a difficult race. There’s no room for error so you need to be careful that the car doesn’t step out of line through these parts of the lap.”