Sergio Perez has said he feels he is 'getting on top of things' in F1 as he prepares for his first appearance in the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend.

The Sauber driver is currently second amongst the rookie drivers in the championship standings having score nine points thus far and heads to Suzuka on the back of a tenth place finish in Singapore in what was his first taste of F1 under lights.

So far, Perez's only experience of the Suzuka circuit has come in a simulator and the Mexican admitted he couldn't wait to sample the track for real in front of plenty of support from the Japanese fans.

"I think Suzuka will be one of the most special races of the season," he said. "For me it will the first time I go to Japan, but I have driven the circuit on the simulator and it is obviously an exciting one. I am very much looking forward to driving through the high speed corners in reality, and I also think those corners will suit our car quite well.

"Personally I want to keep up the momentum I think I have, and I can feel I'm getting on top of things. I want to improve and finish the season on a high. I also expect the team will get a lot of support from the Japanese fans because of Kamui, and this will be a nice experience as well."