Sergio Perez: “The track walk and first practice are crucial”

World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Sahara Force India VJM09 - Sergio Perez. Saturday 11th June 2016, F1 Canadian GP Practice 3, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada. Digital Ref :1588LB1D1047

Following a difficult race for Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, where the team’s strategy did not quite go to plan, the Mexican is looking forward to visiting the new Baku City Circuit, and hopefully continuing with his recent points scoring run in Azerbaijan.

The Baku street circuit is a new addition to the Formula One calendar this season and the majority of drivers, including Perez, have never been to the country of Azerbaijan let alone visited the track before. In order to familiarise himself with the circuit therefore, Perez has studied the recently released video footage as a source of preparation, and is excited about the prospect of driving around the new track.

“To prepare for Baku I have watched the on-board video that was circulated and the first impression is that the track is going to be really challenging.

“There are a lot of tight sections, as you would expect from a street track, but it looks more high-speed than Monaco: it’s the kind of circuit I enjoy driving and it should make for a good show.

The Mexican is aware that in order to get to grips with the new track quickly, going well in the three practice sessions and collecting as much data as possible from them, will be crucial.

“I’ve never been to Azerbaijan, so it feels like an adventure. Once we get to the track, though, it is business as usual. It’s important to learn the circuit quickly, you need to get up to speed within a handful of laps.”