Sergio Perez returns to F1 action this weekend refreshed, relaxed and determined to put right one of the anomalies on his grand prix record.
Despite driving competitive cars throughout his short career, the Mexican has yet to finish in the points at the Belgian Grand Prix, twice retiring as a Sauber pilot before coming up one place shy of the top ten in last year's race, when he was driving for McLaren. Now, with Force India showing the potential of its VJM07-Mercedes at most circuits, Perez is keen to rewrite the record books.
"I've never scored points at Spa, so that's my first target,” he confirmed, “Spa is a power track and I think we can perform well there.”
The final race before F1 summer break was the first one in which neither Force India driver scored points, with Perez joining team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in retirement well before the halfway point. Since then, the Mexican returned home for a well-earned – and welcome – break with friends and family, but is now ready to return to competition at a venue that, despite his record there, he rates amongst his favourites.
“I love the track,” Perez enthused, “It has amazing corners, lots of character and history. The racing is always intense because there are a couple of overtaking opportunities, especially in turn five if you get a good run through Eau Rouge. It will be interesting to see how these cars cope with Eau Rouge this year and whether we can still take it flat.
“You have to expect wet weather at some point too, so it could be quite unpredictable, [but] we need to put the disappointment of Hungary behind us.”