Sergio Perez says he will 'push like crazy' to secure a strong result in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Mexican had looked set to play a starring role in the race last year as he battled on-track with then McLaren man Lewis Hamilton in the early stages before he suffered a spin into the gravel while trying to pass the Briton.

Having replaced Hamilton, Perez has endured a trying season with an underperforming car but he said he was ready to race hard to try and bring home a top ten finish this weekend.

"I love Suzuka - such a great circuit," he said. "I really enjoy driving at fast tracks, and this place just has so many great corners - the Esses, the Degners, Spoon, 130R.

"It's a place which has a fantastic flow - once you commit into Turn One, you're basically just modulating your speed all the way through until the track spits the car out over the brow at Turn Seven. The feeling through there when you nail it is incredible.

"The only drawback about Suzuka is that it's very difficult to overtake - most of the corners are very fast, and most of the heavy braking zones are preceded by quick turns, so it's very hard to get past another car. I tried and failed in equal measure last year, but I'm proud that I was able to have a go.

"I'll be pushing like crazy for a good result in Japan this weekend."

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Team boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile said the target was to try and better the results gained last weekend in Korea.

"Our race in Korea once again demonstrated the extent of our ability and determination whenever we go racing," he said. "Despite suffering numerous setbacks throughout the race, nobody in the team let their head go down, and both drivers posted fantastic, determined comeback drives to get into the points.

"For Suzuka this weekend, our aim will be for a clean and trouble-free afternoon's racing in order to see if we can improve upon our results from last weekend."