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Perez: I'm getting the hand of things

Sergio Perez prepares for the Japanese Grand Prix and says he is coming to terms with life in F1
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."


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thevoiceofreason - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 8:00 PM

The stat that would worry me here is the championship points one: Kobayashi 27, Perez 9. Given that Kobayashi himself is hardly mega-experienced, and is probably a good driver (definitely Japan's best ever) but not a great one, it may seem harsh but I'd expect and have wanted Perez to have done a bit better by now, even allowing for his missing 2 races (if you're harsh you could argue that was self-induced). Another rookie, Paul Di Resta has really kicked on of late, and despite an impressive start, I'm not seeing the same from Perez. He has done more than enough to keep his seat, yes, but I'd agree that next year is crucial, and certainly talk linking him with Ferrari is exceptionally premature at this stage. it's time for him to take the next step forward.

fastlane66 - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 5:57 PM

Good for him but next year will be crucial for him to not make many mistake as this year. For Rookie drivers, they can make mistake in their Rookie season and they have nothing to lose for drive fast and a many mistake but second year will be different story. I wish bag of best luck in F1 business.



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