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Perez: I'm really, really happy!
24 January 2009
Sergio Perez admits he is feeling confident about the remainder of the GP2 Asia Series after claiming victory in only his fifth race during the Bahrain sprint race.
Capitalising on his reverse grid pole position, Perez led from lights to flag, resisting pressure from Davide Valsecchi in the closing stages to become the first Mexican driver to win a GP2 race.
Also the first rookie to claim the victory spoils this season, Perez was pleased to come away on a high having started the weekend on a disappointing note with 13th on the grid.
“To tell you the truth, I am really, really happy. We didn't start the weekend pretty well: I didn't know the circuit. It was quite hard for me to learn it. But yesterday, we had a good pace during the race.
“We were on pole today and we maximised the position in the end. I made no mistakes at all. The car was great. I could push whenever I wanted to push and I saved the tyres so it was quite a good race for me and my team.”
Graduating to the Campos team having launched a title challenge in British Formula 3, Perez is keen to use the victory as a good basis for the remainder of the season.
“It's only my third weekend in GP2. I come from F3 and this is quite a big step. I'm really happy to have won on my third weekend. This gives me a lot of confidence to approach the rest of the season and I think we will have quite a strong car for the next event in Qatar. I'm getting used to the car and to the Series which is quite different to what I'm used to.”