Sergio Perez: “I have a good feeling with the car”

World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Sahara Force India VJM09 - Sergio Perez. Wednesday 25th May 2016, F1 Monaco - Practice 2, Monaco, Monte Carlo. Digital Ref : 1562CB1D7300 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

After bagging his first podium of the season last weekend in Monaco, Sergio Perez is full of confidence going into the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track where the Mexican has always gone well at in the past, for both the Sauber F1 and Sahara Force India teams, which will give the 26-year-old a further boost ahead of the race.

Perez is optimistic of another strong finish in Montreal, after recent changes made to the car have worked well, and he now feels he can push to the maximum without fear of problems.

“There is no better confidence boost than a race like the one we had in Monaco. It was a perfect weekend and a very satisfying result considering some of the bad luck we experienced at the start of the season. When I was a kid I always dreamed of standing on the Monaco podium and it was very special to be there celebrating with my team.

“Montreal is one of my favourite circuits: I was on the podium there in 2012; I had one of my best races in 2014 and I feel positive ahead of this year’s race.

“It’s an old school track and, while the layout is much faster than Monaco, it shares some of its characteristics: it’s a circuit that rewards bravery and punishes mistakes, a place where the driver can make a difference.

“In the past there have been some unpredictable races in Canada and you always have to keep an eye on the weather. I think we can be quick there and the changes we’ve made to the car recently have made a big difference.

“The car is giving me confidence to really push and that’s very important for a track like Montreal.”

The team have moved up to fifth place in the Constructors Championship following their strong results in Monaco, and will be hoping to continue on with that momentum in Canada.