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Perez praises Malaysian track changes after positive Friday

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Sergio Perez - Credit: Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez feels the changes made to the Sepang International Circuit have made it more fun to drive, and the Mexican proved that by finishing sixth fastest in second practice on Friday.

The Sahara Force India driver believed the completely resurfaced and re-profiled Malaysian Grand Prix circuit was an improvement from its previous incarnation, and feels the team have made a good start to the weekend after finishing the opening session in ninth.

Perez feels both the short and long runs showed signs of being strong, with the team set to make some changes overnight to hopefully make it even better on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a promising start to our weekend,” said Perez. “The track is very different compared to last year, so today was all about learning as much as we could.

“The changes have made this circuit much more fun to drive; I think it’s a big improvement compared to the past.

“We had a busy session and, despite the red flag interruption in the morning, we collected a good amount of information. Our short and long-run pace seems good and gives me confidence we will be strong this weekend, especially in qualifying tomorrow.

“Our focus, though, is on the race: that’s when we need to be at our best. We need to make some adjustments tonight, but I think we’re getting there.”

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