Sergio Perez: “Hopefully we can have another strong weekend”

Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sergio Perez is hopeful of closing the 2016 Formula 1 season with a good result for Sahara Force India F1 Team.

The Mexican had a positive Brazilian Grand Prix, despite tricky weather conditions, he finished in fourth. With two laps remaining, Perez lost his podium position after Max Verstappen was too fast to keep behind.

This weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is an exciting time as it marks the end of this season and Perez believes you need a car that is very stable at the rear, to make the most of the braking zones at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“It’s the final race of the year and you really want to close the season with a good result,” said Perez. “It’s an exciting time and you need to keep focused on the job even though everyone is already talking about the following season.

“Abu Dhabi is a cool place and the fans we meet come from all over the world. It’s a very fast track, with big braking zones and quick changes of direction. You need a car that is very stable at the rear to make the most of the braking zones.”

Last year, Perez fought Scuderia Ferrari for the podium, even though he failed to overtake, it was still a very good race. Perez is hopeful of another strong weekend, as he wants to go into the Winter break with special memories from the final race.

“Last year’s race was pretty exciting,” added Perez. “Fighting for the podium against the Ferraris.

“Even though we fell short, it was a very good race and hopefully we can have another strong weekend after Brazil. You always get a bit nostalgic at the end of the season. You know it’s the last time you’re going to drive your VJM09 and you don’t know what the next season will bring. I want to go into the winter with special memories from the final race.”