Sergio Perez: “Hopefully we can be on the pace once again”

Sergio Perez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergio Perez is looking forward to driving in Malaysia and hopes to repeat his first podium finish in 2012, the Sahara Force India driver has highlighted the tough conditions in Kuala Lumpur with the heat and humidity.

“Sepang is usually a circuit where rain is a certainty rather than a possibility. It’s where I scored my first podium in Formula One, in 2012, thanks to making the most of the weather conditions. Being in a position to fight for the win came as a shock for me as we did not expect it, but the emotions of that day will stay with me forever.”

Singapore was a brilliant race for Perez recovering from 17th place to finish in the points, “Getting a good result after a difficult weekend, as in Singapore, is a big boost for everyone in the team. It shows we can overcome challenges and that you should never give up.”

The heat and humidity is always a huge factor in Malaysia with drivers losing a large amount of weight in the car.

“It’s another physical race, with the heat and humidity. The track itself is very long and there are a several technical corners. There are long straights with big braking zones that require precision and the high temperatures take the life out of the tyres quickly, especially the rear ones. We have done well in similar hot conditions this season so hopefully we can be on the pace once again.”

Malaysia has been moved in the Formula 1 calendar which could impact the conditions in the race and the whole atmosphere of the weekend.

“Kuala Lumpur is a very interesting and busy city. There are many things to do and see so it’s always cool to be there. The weather usually plays a big role in the race and it will be interesting to see how this year’s changes to the calendar affect the weekend, with the race going from April to October.”