Sergio Perez says there are plenty of positives for him to take into next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, despite the disappointment of retirement in the sixth round of the F1 season in Monaco.
The McLaren man produced a battling drive in the principality and was one of the few drivers to make up positions on track, although his hopes of a scoring finish came to an end following contact with the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn would later go on to suggest that Perez should be 'punched in the face' for his driving, but the Mexican said he felt he had been hard and fair in Monaco and was now seeking to take the positives from the weekend into the Montreal event.
“There may not be much to show from Monaco, but it was another positive race for me – we had stronger pace throughout the weekend, and I felt that I raced hard and fairly, earning my positions the hard way – by competing for, and winning, them on the track,” he said.
“There are plenty of positives to take forward to Canada. It's a race I enjoy – I finished on the podium there last year; and I feel like the team is bringing performance to the car at every race. Although we're still not where we need to be, I hope the Montreal weekend will be another step. At the very least, I think we can have a good weekend – it's a race that can reward a fighter because it's often so unpredictable.”
The 23-year-old added that he was keen to put on a good show in front of the Mexican fans expected to make the trip to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the event.
“For me, racing in Canada is always special because it's one of the three races closest to my home in Mexico,” he said. “As in Austin last year, I hope there'll be plenty of Mexican fans travelling up to Montreal to support me during my first Canadian Grand Prix for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.”