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Exclusive Sergio Perez Q&A: ‘No panic’ over 2013 decision 07 Sep 2012

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 2 September 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 collide at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 2 September 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 2 September 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012

Sauber’s Sergio Perez was one of the three immediate casualties of the first-lap pile-up at Spa last weekend. This Sunday at Monza he could really do with a good result, not least because his 2013 drive is still not settled. Perez brushes off that need, but admits a strong finish in Italy can only help his cause - especially when a team like Ferrari is supposedly knocking at his door. What is certain is that the Mexican will squeeze everything out of his car, even if he was not completely satisfied today…

Q: Sergio, we are in Italy and so it is natural that the rumours concerning your possible future with Ferrari have resurfaced. How do you feel about it?
Sergio Perez:
Ah, of course this question had to pop up again. (laughs) To be honest I am fine with it. I am concentrating completely on the racing and giving 100 percent and more for my team and the rest we will see.

Q: But at some point in the next couple of weeks there has to be a decision…
SP:
No panic - there will be a decision. And of course it is coming nearer and nearer, but we are not there yet.

Q: Looking back at Spa, did you learn anything for yourself from that horrific first-lap incident?
SP:
To be honest there was nothing to be learnt. I made a good move at the start, moving to the inside of Fernando (Alonso) and Kamui (Kobayashi). And then there was a big bang from behind and there my race ended. It was a short story.

Q: As one who suffered from this incident, do you think Grosjean’s one-race ban is justified?
SP:
Yes, I think it was a good decision because all the drivers will think about it now. In the past we have seen some crazy manoeuvres at the start, sure with less impact, but this has to be cut short before we see growing first-lap incidents. Respect is what has to grow again. We are risking our lives, so respect is the minimum that we have to pay to each other.

Q: Could a system with yellow and red cards like in football work?
SP:
Well, I think we need some kind of system for repeat offenders. I am sure the respective people in charge will look at it.

Q: Coming to this weekend, Sauber have done well here in the past, even if it is a low-downforce track. What are your expectations?
SP:
Believe me when I say that I am definitely looking for a podium finish. (laughs) Spa was only the warm-up.

Q: How much do you need a good result here?
SP:
I have never believed that one race can change your future and we’ve shown many times this season that we can deliver. But then, of course, a good result always helps.

Q: Did today go well enough to expect a good result on Sunday?
SP:
Let’s put it this way - Friday is too early to make predictions for Sunday. The first session went quite well and the second also enabled us to almost complete our programme, but as you all could see I had to stop a few minutes early because the team called me in for some checks. My overall impression is that we are a bit behind expectations here. We lose some time on the fast straights and now have to find a good aero and set-up compromise for qualifying. We definitely want to fight for the top ten tomorrow. It feels good to start from the front few rows! (laughs)

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