(Motorsport-Total.com) – Sergio Perez saved on Sunday second place in the Fantastic Prix of Turkey on the last groove to the finish. The Mexican has had days since his last podium place 932 wait this moment. A satisfaction after his expulsion from Racing Point and the setbacks in the past races. “We deserve that!”
The podium means a lot to him, especially after the last race, where we missed it because of the strategy, “recalls Perez. In Imola, the Mexican was already on course for a top position when his team brought him in again for a pit stop – a wrong decision .
“We were already close in Austria in the second race and in Imola. That is a great result for the Group.” Overall, the veteran celebrated his ninth career podium in Istanbul, an important sign of life for his future , which is not yet
“I think I’ve had a good season so far, but a lot in Formula 1 depends on the car’s potential. I’ve had good years in the past too, but didn’t have such a good car. ” He lined up a few times as seventh or eighth behind the pilots of the top teams in the Drivers’ World Championship.
This season, Perez is behind 14 from 17 Race on World Cup place four to be found. With 100 counters there are three points Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and 70 behind Crimson Bull driver Max Verstappen. Except for his Corona-related failure in Great Britain, he was always able to finish in the points.
“At the moment I am in very good origins in my career, if not at the zenith.” Above all, this applies to his experience, his understanding of the car and communication with the group. “I’ve been in the group for a long time, that helps me.”
He hopes that the Turkey podium will give enough impetus for the last races. “We were so close to losing everything because the Ferraris came back so strong. It was a big challenge to hold out on the tires. It was time for us to finish the race.”
Because in the end he was able to defend himself against an attack by Charles Leclerc, but only with great difficulty saved second place. Also because he spontaneously switched to a one-stop strategy. “I found out that my team-mate got graining immediately with the new tires.”
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That’s why Perez fell by the wayside. “Then we just finished with the tire set.” Before that, he had to line up at the top behind team-mate Lance Stroll. “I’m a bit stuck.”
After the pit stop, he got problems on the intermediate because the tire started to pound as well. “After that I was able to control it. When he went to the Field, I also thought about it because my tires were already very worn.”
In the end, however, the one-stop strategy got him that Brought to the podium. He also never thought of a team order at Racing Point. “We’re fighting for third place in the World Cup, that counts for us. That’s why we wanted to land as far ahead as possible.”
With his 20 Racing Point won points in the Group rating now a little different from McLaren and Renault. The Group is five points ahead of the British, 17 Points on Renault.