Sergio Perez: “It’s been a very positive day for us”

Credit: Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Sergio Perez believes his strong performance on the opening day of practice for the European Grand Prix is a good sign for the rest of the weekend.

In the opening practice session at the Baku City Circuit, Perez finished for Sahara Force India in sixth with a time of 1:48.922, 2.487 seconds behind pace setter Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS but Perez returned to the track in Free Practice 2 to set an impressive time of 1:45.336 to finish the session behind Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in third.

After these results, it has been a positive day for Force India especially with Nico Hulkenberg finishing the day in fifth. With these results, the Mexican believes this is a good sign for the rest of the weekend for the Silverstone-based outfit.

“I knew when I walked the track yesterday,” said Perez. “That it was going to be good fun to drive – and today didn’t disappoint.

“It’s an amazing circuit: really challenging, no margin for error, and a real pleasure to drive. I kept things tidy today, but it’s easy to make a mistake and we saw that when cars do run wide they really pay a high penalty.

“It’s been a very positive day for us. The car felt good as soon as we started the first session and we were up there straight away with competitive times. That’s a good sign for the rest of the weekend and I’m feeling optimistic about our performance.”