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Sergio Perez Q&A: Another podium possible in Valencia 21 Jun 2012

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber with comedy sunglasses.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Thursday, 21 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2012

Podium finishes are increasingly becoming Sauber’s Sergio Perez, especially after Ferrari praised his efforts following the Canadian Grand Prix. Maybe it was just meant as a hurry-up for Felipe Massa, but it’s nevertheless rare for the Scuderia to praise another team’s driver, even if he is a member the Ferrari Driver Academy. Now man-of-the-moment Perez is looking to write more headlines in Spain this weekend…

Q: The ambient temperature is very high here at the European Grand Prix in Valencia. How will this affect you, your team and the car?
Sergio Perez:
We are definitely expecting a very tough weekend for the team. This track is very hard on the braking and therefore also on the acceleration. It will be very interesting how we manage the degradation of the tyres. In general I am very optimistic for the weekend and I think that we can score some points here too. Maybe even a podium finish could be possible.

Q: Pirelli has brought different compounds to Valencia than Montreal. How do you see the tyre issue for this race?
Of course every race is different. Here it is extremely hot and I expect more degradation compared to other races.

Q: This is now 2012’s eighth race and there is the chance of an eighth winner. Do you see that being you?
I wish that this would happen. Although I am very optimistic, I don’t want to be overoptimistic. But who knows?

Q: You have been praised for your smooth driving style. What is the secret behind that, especially in light of the Canadian race?
In fact it is very much managing the tyres, to make them last as long as possible. I am not getting it right every time, but for me it is important to understand how the tyres work and I am putting in a lot of effort.

Q: Your development this season has shown that there is much more potential behind you than your critics said there is. What is your impression of your own development?
Of course the Malaysian and moreover the Canadian Grand Prix has motivated me even more. The pace of the car and the entire team are, of course, big factors as well, which make me even more confident.

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