Perez admits to future Indianapolis 500 ambitions

Sergio Perez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Whilst admitting that his career focus remains to be Formula 1, Mexican racer Sergio Perez has admitted that he would like to race in the Indianapolis 500 in the future.

This year’s Indianapolis 500 around the famed 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the 100th running of the event, and the current Sahara Force India driver admits that once his career in Formula 1 come to an end, then he would give serious consideration to running the Indy 500.

Perez insists that he would only consider participation should he have a proper run at the event, including a good amount of testing to acclimatise himself to oval racing.

“Indy is a very big race, one of the biggest ones in the history of our sport,” said Perez. “I would definitely be interested in trying the Indy 500.

“But if you want to do it properly and you want to challenge for victory, you have to do a lot of testing because I believe that ovals are very different to what we in Formula 1 are doing.

“When I speak to drivers who do ovals, [they say] it takes some time to get used to it but it’s something really exciting and something that probably one day I will do.

“I love Formula 1 and I believe that this is the pinnacle of the sport where every driver wants to be but who knows what might happen in the future.

“I certainly have a lot of interest in the Indy 500 and IndyCar itself and I think it’s growing. I’ve heard that it’s getting better and better so it’s something interesting.”