Sergio Perez has set his sights on notching up his maiden points finish in Turkey next weekend.
Perez, who lost his seventh place in Australia when a post-race scrutineering check found that both Sauber C30 cars did not conform to the regulations, failed to finish in Malaysia after his car was hit by a piece of debris and while he did make it to the end in China more recently, he was only 17th after a rather incident-filled race.
The 21-year-old is now looking forward though to going to Istanbul Park and the start of the European season, especially as he won't have to spend time learning the tracks: “In a way I feel for me the championship is about to start now with these next races on circuits I know,” he explained.
“I have raced at Istanbul Park twice in the GP2 series and I find the track very nice. I especially used to enjoy turn eight a lot.
“With the F1 car it will, of course, be physically demanding for the neck muscles, and turn eight will also be a special challenge for the front tyres. We will have to be careful with them.
“In any case I'm really looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix and I want to bag my first points.”
Sauber technical director, James Key also reckons that Perez and team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi
should be able to break into the top-ten and score.
He also confirmed that they will be evaluating some new parts on Friday in practice ahead of their possible introduction at the next race in Spain.
“As far as the car is concerned, we will have some more test items to run on Friday – some of them aerodynamic and some of them mechanical – which we hope to introduce to the car pretty soon,” he explained.
“Apart from that however, it will be another weekend for us to target the top ten, both in qualifying and the race.”