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Perez: We should be strong

Sergio Perez predicts a strong weekend at Suzuka for Sauber
Sergio Perez says Sauber should be back on form in Japan next weekend as the Mexican seeks to add to his three podium finishes this season.

Perez, who goes into the event with his F1 future secure after inking a deal with McLaren for 2013, was unable to build on his impressive performance at Monza during the Singapore Grand Prix as Sauber struggled to extract more speed from the C31 and had to settle for tenth spot – albeit only thanks to the fact that Mark Webber picked up a penalty post-race.

Next weekend will be just the second time that Perez has competed at Suzuki on the back of a debut last year that saw him come through the field to score, with the 22-year-old eager to impress again this time around.

“I really like the Suzuka Circuit,” he said. “Last year I drove there for the first time and enjoyed it an awful lot. I finished eighth after having started from 17th because we had a problem in qualifying.

“After underperforming in Singapore, in Japan I am expecting our car to again to be as good as it used to be and we should be strong in the high-speed corners. The circuit has got some quite nice sections and corner combinations. Thanks to the Japanese fans the atmosphere there is really great and our team gets a lot of support because it is Kamui's home race. I am very much looking forward to it.”

Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara insisted that Suzuka was one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar but joined Perez and team-mate Kamui Kobayashi in predicting a strong weekend.

“Suzuka is a very complex and technical track,” he said. “It requires a well-balanced car and it is very challenging for the drivers. The tyres will be the hard and the soft compounds, which should be fine for this track. Due to the abrasive surface and the fast corners in the first sector, which put a high load on the tyres, there should be no issues with warming them up.

“We will be introducing a new aero package in Japan, including a new front wing for the C31. Looking at the requirements of this track I expect our car to be very competitive there.”


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23.09.2012 - Race, Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
22.09.2012 - Qualyfing, Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
09.09.2012- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31

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