Sergio Perez is happy to be returning to the United States Grand Prix this weekend, a circuit that before Mexico joined the calendar, felt like a home race.
The Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team driver finished the Japanese Grand Prix in seventh, ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. With this finish from the Silverstone-based outfit, it means they have a ten-point advantage over their rivals, Williams Martini Racing in the Constructors Championship.
For Perez, the Circuit of the Americas is an amazing circuit, with parts of the track inspired by other tracks. Hints of Monza in the big braking zones and a reminder of Silverstone in the fast corners.
Heavy thunderstorms last year, caused Free Practice 2 to be cancelled, with the race on Sunday in uncertainty. With these bad weather conditions, it was a very difficult weekend for all the drivers.
Despite these weather conditions, Perez was able to finish in an impressive fifth for Force India. The Mexican is hopeful of another strong result again this weekend.
“Before Mexico joined the calendar, Austin felt like a home race for me,” said Perez. “So I am always happy to go there, to be close to home and to be able to spend a bit of time with my family and friends at the circuit.
“I always have guests with me and there are so many fans who make the trip from Mexico to see the race in Austin. The circuit is incredible. The facilities are impressive and once the racing starts the atmosphere is really cool. It’s quite different from your average Formula One environment and makes for a very welcome change.
“Last year’s weekend was very difficult, with the weather stopping us from doing much practice, but we came away with a good result in the end and hopefully we can score strongly again this year.”