Sergio Perez has said he is feeling 'perfectly well' ahead of next weekend's European Grand Prix.
The Mexican, who missed the race in Monaco following his heavy crash in Q3, had been declared fit for Montreal. However, he didn't feel 100 per cent after opening practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and subsequently F1 veteran Pedro de la Rosa was brought in to substitute.
Speaking ahead of the eighth round in the F1 2011 World Championship at the Valencia Street Circuit though, the 21-year-old confirmed he is now 'very much' looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of his Ferrari-powered Sauber C30 after having to miss the last two races.
“I flew home from Montreal, and back in Mexico I spent the time preparing myself for the next race and trained together with our physiotherapist,” he said.
“I feel perfectly well and I'm very much looking forward to racing in Valencia. Without doubt it is an advantage that I know this track well.
“In 2009 I was on the podium after both GP2 races and last year I had pole position.”
Meanwhile team boss Peter Sauber has revealed the reason reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez didn't get the call-up last weekend in Canada is because he feels the 19-year-old still needs to build up experience.
“I understand the question [as to why we didn't use him], but we have a responsibility,” Sauber explained to Germany's Speed Week
. "It is important to bring him slowly towards F1.”
Should Perez unexpectedly be unable to race in Valencia, the team has confirmed that de la Rosa will once again stand in.