Sergio Pérez said that he wants to get as positive a result as possible at the Hungarian Grand Prix, before Formula 1‘s summer break.
The Mexican believes that heading into the summer on the back of a good result contributes to a “better holiday”. The Sahara Force India F1 Team have been on a strong run of form, scoring 31 points in the last three races, helping them to climb level with the Haas F1 Team for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
“You always want to do well on the final race before the holidays,” said Pérez.
“As a racing driver, you only remember your last race and you want to go into the break with some nice memories. It helps you have a better holiday if you score a good result.
“It’s been a very hectic first part of the season,” he continued. “Especially with five races in the last six weeks.
“I am looking forward to the break. I am going to spend it at home, with my family, without too much travel.”
Force India’s performances have helped mask the state of their finances. Whilst Pérez, speaking to Autosport, rubbished any claims of a controlled bankruptcy and purchase, the 28-year-old did describe the situation as “critical” and is rumoured to be looking elsewhere for a drive in 2019 should it fail to be resolved in the coming weeks.
“There is a point on how long you can wait to make up your mind, you know,” he mused.
“I think now during the summer break I will have a good idea what’s happening here, and then I will be able to make a clear decision.”
Focussing his attention back to the challenge facing him in Hungary this weekend, Pérez highlighted the need for a downforce-laden car in order to get a good result. In addition, he said that the heat, long corners and heavy-traction zones around the circuit necessitates the need for tyre management – a department his specialises in.
“I enjoy the Hungaroring: it’s a circuit with a lot of corners that can catch you out and it’s a big challenge to get a clean lap together, especially in qualifying,” he explained.
“The races, too, can get quite interesting. It’s a narrow and twisty track but it still offers some opportunities for overtaking.
“The key for a good race in Budapest is to have a car with plenty of downforce but also that is not too hard on the tyres. It tends to be very hot there so it’s important to look after them.”
After eleven rounds, Pérez stands tenth in the Drivers’ Championship with 30 points, half of that total coming courtesy of a third-placed finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a solitary point ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon.