Ferrari has praised Sergio Perez for altering his driving style to gain a podium finish in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Perez clinched third place in Montreal to score points for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished second behind Fernando Alonso having come close to beating the Ferrari man to victory.
The races in between however had seen Perez struggle for results however, with three eleventh place finishes being the best he could manage despite making it into the top ten in qualifying in China, Bahrain and Spain.
Discussions with Ferrari Driver Academy head Luca Baldisseri led to Perez adopting a less aggressive approach behind the wheel in Montreal and it paid dividends as he made his tyres last to join Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean on the podium.
“After Monaco, we had a discussion with Sergio,” Baldisserri said. “We wanted to find out why recent results had not lived up to expectations after the Malaysian Grand Prix. Perez is undoubtedly talented, but he often lets himself down by being too aggressive which, especially in Formula 1, does not deliver results.
“The Montreal race was a great response, a race in which Sergio not only ran at a great pace, but also managed his race very well, managing to stay on track for fifty laps on the same set of tyres.”
Perez himself admitted it was a 'great result' for Sauber to return to the podium and a huge boost after recent results [See separate story HERE