Sergio Perez Q&A: High expectations for Hockenheim 19 Jul 2012
Saubers Sergio Perez is deemed to be the up-and-coming man. So it was a pretty disappointing setback for his ambitions to suddenly find Pastor Maldonado helping him out of the last race at Silverstone. Perezs comments at the time were strong. Looking back, the anger is gone but his feelings on the incident remain unchanged. But looking back is not what the 22 year-old Mexican will be doing this weekend. Instead he is confident of great things from the next two back-to-back Grands Prix
Q: Sergio, where do you see yourself right now? You are one of the most talked-about drivers when it comes to the silly season, the time when cockpits change hands?
Sergio Perez: Well, I am focusing on the here and now. We are in the midfield, we have a competitive car and we can put things together. My guess is that we can be very competitive here if we have a weekend without issues.
Q: A weekend without issues is probably what everybody who had a poor Silverstone experience is looking for. How frustrating was the British Grand Prix?
SP: Very frustrating. Everything went wrong. Take qualifying - in Q1 wed been at the top, only to get eliminated in Q2! I think I did pretty well in the race when I had a contact with Pastor (Maldonado) and had to stop on lap 11. So you can be sure that I hope this weekend will go very differently.
Q: You looked very hot tempered after your Silverstone retirement, asking for the incident to be examined. Are you still in that kind of mood?
SP: Ha, I was indeed very hot tempered that moment - and I definitely have calmed down. But that doesnt make me step aside from what I expressed then - I just would do it more calmly. (laughs) Imagine: I was very disappointed for my team, for all the people who back me. I still think that it was a very bad move.
Q: How do you move forward from that situation? There are 24 drivers on the grid and it is probably not good to have a grudge with some of them?
SP: Well, you do move forward. Probably his thoughts were somewhere else that very moment and I hope he will avoid that in the future. I hope that he will be a normal driver this weekend, because as I just said, you have to move forward. Having a grudge against someone never can be that answer to a situation.
Q: Did you have the chance to talk to him?
SP: No, not so far, but I will have the chance at the drivers briefing.
Q: This weekend is the start of a back-to-back doubleheader, with very little option to change much on the car. Do you expect a lot from these two races - Hockenheim and Budapest?
SP: Yes, I definitely do expect a lot. Be sure that I want to score as many points as possible at both weekends.
Q: You have been here before in GP2. What do you remember as the crucial points of this track?
SP: The braking here is crucial. And, of course, the never-ending story of the season: it will be difficult to warm up the tyres, which has direct consequences for the braking. It makes it hard to brake late.
Q: As there is no Mexican race, this must be the closest to a home Grand Prix for you as you lived not very far from here for quite some time
SP: Yes, I lived close to here for two years and this track was the first I ever drove on in Europe, so I have good memories of that place. I definitely liked to live around here - I still have fond memories about the food. (laughs) And it will be even fonder with a good result on Sunday! Keep your fingers crossed.
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