F1 » 24 May 2013
Perez: Driver can make a difference here
Sergio Perez is looking forward to making a difference as McLaren searches for points in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez says he is hoping to score points for McLaren at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, but is wary of guaranteeing them after a fraught history with the venue.
The Mexican appeared to be on his way to a decent start in the 2011 event, having made it through to the top ten shoot-out in qualifying, but then suffered a major accident on the run to the chicane which left him in hospital and most definitely out of the race.
Indeed, the knock-on effects of the shunt ultimately ruled Perez out of the ensuing round in Montreal, but he bounced back to make enough of an impact on the sport to be snapped up by McLaren as replacement for Lewis Hamilton this season.
Surprisingly for one renowned for being able to make his tyres last longer than most, Perez was unable to go the distance in last year's Monaco event, finishing one place outside the points, but hopes that his experiences will help lift his struggling team into the top ten this time around.
“The driver can make a real difference here, and the target for us is to do better here than we did last Saturday in Barcelona because qualifying is so crucial,” he told the official F1 website, “This track asks everything from a driver, as your only reference is the walls that you'd better not touch. So experience definitely helps. This is not exactly a rookie track - as I learned two years ago - but rather a track that honours experience. That becomes pretty obvious when you look at the winners' list.”
Ironically, in a season where tyre wear has been a dividing factor, Monaco could see teams attempting to make just one stop for fresh rubber, something Perez acknowledges could be crucial to his chances of scoring points.
“It will make a difference if you can do only one stop or have to settle for two,” he noted, “If you manage to do only one, it means that you will gain a lot of time compared to those having to stop twice, as you will never be able to make up the time - not in these narrow streets where overtaking is something of a miracle.
“But, whatever strategy you run, it will also depend much on the temperature, so the paramount thing is to do a good Saturday and be able to control your race.”
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