Sergio Perez says his recent run of form sets him up perfectly for his homecoming next weekend for the Mexican Grand Prix as he hunts down the Red Bull duo in the F1 drivers' championship.
The Force India driver's fifth place at the Circuit of the Americas has seen him close the gap to Daniel Ricciardo to just 10 points, while Daniil Kvyat is only two points further ahead, and the Mexican is delighted to come away with another positive result in tricky conditions.
Perez was one of very few drivers to master the drying track conditions while also staying out of midfield scraps to work through the order and finish a commendable fifth place.
“We are happy to come away with fifth place and ten points from a weekend with such difficult weather conditions,” Perez said. “The track was very damp to begin with and I was lacking pace on the intermediates – sliding around with a lot of degradation. Then, when we switched to the softs and eventually the mediums, it was not easy to get the temperature in the tyres and I struggled for grip with each restart.
“There was so much happening in the race and you really had to concentrate because it was very easy to make a mistake. In the final few laps I was getting close to Max Verstappen who was struggling on the soft tyres, but there was not enough time to catch him."
Since receiving the updated Force India VJM08B specification car at Silverstone Perez has been terrifically consistent, with five top seven finishes in the last six races, highlighted by his third place podium in Russia.
Naturally, Perez is looking for it to continue so he can shine in front of his home fans in Mexico next weekend.
"Overall I'm very happy for the team because we've done a really good job this weekend," he said. "The recent results give us real momentum as we head to my home race in Mexico, where I'm determined to give my fans something more to celebrate.”