Sergio Perez Q&A: It's a challenge but I'm adapting well 17 Feb 2011
When its difficult for even an experienced Formula One driver to achieve all he hopes to during the four pre-season tests, this seasons rookies must feel a tad overwhelmed. Not only do they have to familiarise themselves with the mechanics of driving an F1 car and their new teams procedures, they also have to carry out the same tyre and set-up work as the veteran drivers. Saubers newest recruit Sergio Perez, however, seems to be relishing the challenge. Perez discusses his progress after the opening two tests at Valencia and Jerez
Q: How did testing go so far?
Sergio Perez: Those four days of testing have been very good for me. I have adapted to the car and the team well. I feel more comfortable every time I jump in the car. Im also getting more and more familiar with all the procedures. So Im really looking forward to the next test in Barcelona and to the start of the season, where I need to gain a lot of experience in order to be up where I want to be.
Q: What was the most important thing you learnt?
SP: It would not be right to just mention one thing. I have learnt a lot in many different areas: the different tyre compounds, the car as a whole, all the various procedures and the work with the engineers. All together its really many areas where Im constantly improving.
Q: What is the most difficult aspect for a driver who is new to Formula One racing?
SP: Maybe its the tyres, especially the different compounds. When you are driving on the track the behaviour of the tyres and the car is changing constantly, which means you have to adapt all the time and I think this also comes with experience.
Q: One day in Valencia you covered 103 laps - how was that for you physically?
SP: It wasnt a problem. Im physically in good shape. Ive done a lot of training over recent months. So I feel Im well prepared for the next tests and then the season opener in Bahrain. I was able to complete a lot of laps so Im ready on the physical side.
Q: It is a lot of work - but is it also fun?
SP: Of course its fun! Driving a Formula One car is awesome! I feel great being in Formula One and Im enjoying every single lap. So, yes, its hard work but also great fun!
Q: After the Barcelona test you will be going to your home town Guadalajara in Mexico for a road show on February 26 - what can you tell us about that?
SP: This will be a very special day for me, being at home with my family and all my friends, and running the Formula One car in the city. This will be an additional boost for my motivation before leaving for Bahrain.
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