Perez: We didn’t make the most of every situation
3 August, 2012
Aug.3 (Sauber) Sergio Pérez emerged as a superstar in the making with a splendid second place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix, but despite having the very handy Sauber C31 at his disposal things have not gone quite to plan since that day at Sepang. The Mexican reflects on the first half of the season, where he lies ninth in the drivers’ championship (47 points), before embarking Formula One’s enforced lay off.
How would you assess the season so far?
Sergio Pérez: I had some great moments in the first half of the season. There were podiums in Malaysia and Montreal, which, of course, made me very happy. Nevertheless it was also a period with ups and downs because we didn’t make the most of every situation.
In which way have you personally improved in 2012 compared to last year?
SP: Having a lot more experience now compared to my rookie season makes me much more confident in many respects. I think I am a lot better than I was when I entered Formula One. This goes especially for when it comes to making decisions with the team.
What are your targets for the second half of the season?
SP: We need to be more efficient and I want to contribute to that. It is not that our performance was not consistent, but we didn’t always get the things right and also we have been unlucky sometimes. We have to get everything together and make the most out of what we have. The car is quick and for me my first victory would be a dream come true.
What do you think about having so many different winners this season?
SP: I think we are having a great season in Formula One this year. The teams are very close together, and this enables more teams and drivers than before to fight for a podium or even a win.
What are your plans for the summer break?
SP: For the first two weeks in August I will go with my family to a quiet place in the US. The other two weeks I will be using to prepare myself for the second half of the season because I want to come back strong.
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