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Perez excited for McLaren home race
21 June 2013
Sergio Perez says he is excited at the prospect of driving his McLaren at the 2013 F1 British Grand Prix next weekend.
The Mexican has had mixed results at Silverstone during his short career in F1, finishing seventh in 2011 and retiring in 2012 after a collision with Pastor Maldonado.
Both Perez and team-mate Jenson Button have struggled with their McLaren chassis so far this season, and the team sits a lowly sixth in the constructors' championship ahead of their home race. McLaren also failed to score points for the first time in 65 races at the Canadian Grand Prix last time out.
But Perez says he is keen to put the disappointment of Canada behind him, and is looking for a better performance from McLaren at Silverstone: “After a tough weekend in Canada, we'll be looking for a stronger showing in front of the team's home fans,” he said.
“We are steadily making progress – I'm hopeful of a better showing next weekend.
“I like Silverstone, and I usually go well there: I had a good race in 2011, when I finished seventh, and I feel confident I could have had a points finish last year until I had an accident with Pastor [Maldonado].”
Perez also commented on the rich history of the British Grand Prix, and says he enjoys the similarities to the original circuit: “It's exciting to be going to Silverstone for my first 'home' race with McLaren,” he added.
“Like McLaren, Silverstone is a place with an incredible amount of history – it's cool that you can look at old black-and-white photos of the British Grand Prix and still clearly recognise corners like Copse and Stowe, and the Hangar Straight.
"It's amazing to think that the circuit has been in use since the very first race of the Formula 1 world championship.”
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