Sergio Perez has said that he is feeling ‘very good and fit’ as he and the Sauber team head to Montreal for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mexican driver suffered a heavy accident in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix and was kept in hospital for two nights for observation after being concussed by the impact. He will race this weekend, assuming the FIA doctors give him the all clear.
“I feel very good and fit,” said Perez. “Of course I want to race in Montreal, but I also know the final decision is up to the FIA doctors. I have never been to Montreal and know the circuit only from watching TV. Originally it was planned I would go to the Ferrari simulator at Maranello, but this had to be cancelled after my accident.
“Anyway, it is not the first unknown circuit for me and I have never had difficulties adapting. I found it very hard to be just a TV spectator for the race in Monaco, and can't wait to get into the car again.”
Kamui Kobayashi expressed his wish to see Perez back in the car for Canada, and feels that Sauber are in good shape this year and up for the race in Montreal.
“Last year we were struggling with our performance in Montreal, but our current car is a big improvement and should be much better for this kind of circuit, the same way we showed an improved performance in Monaco,” said the Japanese driver. “Therefore I'm quite positive and looking forward to this Grand Prix.
“Last year I made a big, big mistake on lap one. I had overtaken some cars with no problem, but then crashed when trying to catch another one. I have regretted this for a long time. However, I believe with the new devices this year there are better chances for overtaking.
“I hope Sergio will be back in the car and we can both score points. I believe we have the performance to do that. Also off track I like this Grand Prix a lot. Montreal is a very nice city and usually a very excited crowd welcomes us there.”
Sauber Technical Director James Key recognises that tyres and brakes will be the most important factors this weekend: “Montreal will be the first track this year where slightly lower drag levels tend to be beneficial, although this will depend on the grip of the track surface and the tyres, which are an unknown,” he explained.
“Last year we had some interesting strategies developing because tyre degradation was quite high. It's not clear if this will also be the case with the Pirelli tyres. It's a circuit with quite a few low speed chicanes and kerbs, so mechanical grip, good traction and kerbing is quite critical. It's also a track which is one of the hardest on braking, therefore brake stability, brake cooling and general use of the brake system will be something to watch out for.”