Sergio Perez sees Austria as an ideal place to make up for the disappointment of Canada last time out.
The Force India driver narrowly missed out on the points in Montreal, finishing 11th, but is confident the Red Bull Ring circuit can allow the Mexican to use the strengths of his VJM08 machine.
Last year Perez started the Austrian Grand Prix from a lowly 16th on the grid due to an overhanging five-place grid penalty for causing a collision in Canada. Perez was able to fightback and put in one of his best performances of 2014 to finish sixth while setting the fastest lap of the race.
“Not scoring in Canada was a disappointment so I want to make up for that in Austria,” Perez said. “Last year it was not an easy race for me, starting far down the order, but we had a brilliant race and scored well.”
The high speed layout of the track in Spielberg should work in Perez's favour with his Mercedes-powered Force India. In 2014 the top four finishers in Austria were all occupied by Mercedes power units and the German engine supplier grabbed seven of the ten points-paying positions and this year it is once again the engine to beat.
Indeed, Perez believes the margins between each driver is smaller at the Austrian track which could place more importance on car performance.
“The race in Austria is one I'm really looking forward to, both for the driving and everything that is around the event,” he added. “The circuit has a simple layout and few corners and so the margins between drivers are smaller compared to some other tracks. It means a mistake in qualifying can set you back a long way. It requires a lot of concentration but it's fun to drive, with elevation changes and some very tricky corners.
“I remember getting to the Red Bull Ring for the first time last year, having never raced there, and meeting the fans. The Austrians have a great passion for Formula One - just like the Mexicans - and they are very proud of their Grand Prix.”