Perez: I am sure it will be very emotional for me at Interlagos
22 November, 2012
Nov.22 (Apex) The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the last race for Sergio Perez as a Sauber driver, as for next year the Mexican will move to the McLaren team where he replaces Mercedes bound Lewis Hamilton.
Ironically since it was announced that Perez would join the Woking squad, his ‘shares’ have plummeted with some below par performances and involvement in a number of incidents including altercations with Lewis Hamilton (in Japan) and Jenson Button (in India).
After shining during the first half of the season, the 22 year old from Guadalajara has only scored a solitary point since September and will be out to leave the Swiss team on a high note.
Perez said in his preview of the weekend in Sao Paulo, “The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the last race of a very long season that has seen a lot of ups and downs, and it will be a very special event for me as it is the last race I will drive for my team of Sauber before I leave.”
Perez paid tribute to the team he has driven for since his Formula One debut at the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix, “It is a great team and I want to thank everybody for everything they have done for me over the last two years. I am sure it will be very emotional for me in Interlagos.”
“The best way to say thank you, of course, would be a great result and to beat the team in front of us. This is my target. The Interlagos circuit is very nice and it also has a great atmosphere with the fans. The support for F1 is huge there. The Senna S corners are my favourite part of the circuit. I believe and I hope that our car should be good enough there for a strong top ten position,” added the Mexican.
Perez lies tenth in the championship with 66 points, and although he is eight points ahead of teammate Kamui Kobayashi in the standings, the Japanese driver has outscored him 1 point to 23 points in the last six races.
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