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Sergio Perez Q&A: Single stop key to Monaco race 22 May 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C30 crashes heavily at the harbour chicane in qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6,  Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 28 May 2011 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 24 May 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A qualifying crash ruled him out of the Monaco Grand Prix in his rookie season. Last year he finished one place outside the points. So will it be a case of third time lucky in Monte Carlo for McLaren’s Sergio Perez this weekend. The Mexican driver talks about his prospects in the Principality…

Q: Checo, you have quite a history with this track - looking back at your 2011 crash - so you must have some ideas on what it requires from the drivers…
Sergio Perez:
Yes, I had a big crash in my rookie season with Sauber. But that is all about Monaco: if you are not going to the limit you are not going anywhere here. That is a simple truth. And, of course, it can go wrong here at any time - to anybody. So it is important to be right at the limit - all the time - otherwise you will not find a lap time here.

Q: Does experience help here in Monaco?
SP:
Yes, it does. The driver can make a real difference here and the target for us is to do better here than we did last Saturday in Barcelona because qualifying is so crucial. This track asks everything from a driver, as your only reference is the walls that you’d better not touch. So experience definitely helps. This is not exactly a rookie track - as I learned two years ago - but rather a track that honours experience. That becomes pretty obvious when you look at the winners’ list.

Q: There is the oddity of doing only one pit stop. How likely do you think this will be?
SP:
Yes, it will make a difference if you can do only one stop or have to settle for two. If you manage to do only one it means that you will gain a lot of time compared to those having to stop twice, as you will never be able to make up the time - not in these narrow streets where overtaking is something of a miracle. But whatever strategy you run, it will also depend much on the temperature, so the paramount thing is to do a good Saturday and be able to control your race.

Q: McLaren have had quite a difficult season so far. Can this weekend be the start of something new? Could it be raining points for you on Sunday?
SP:
We are definitely scoring points. At least we will do everything to get our hands on them. But then anything is possible in Monaco. Despite the stormy relationship I had with this track, it is one of my favourites - and if you like something the chances that you will finish well are much higher.

Q: What was your first reaction when you learned that Honda will be McLaren’s engine partner from 2015 onwards?
SP:
It’s good news. McLaren has so much successful history with Honda and there is no reason why these times shouldn’t come back again.

Q: What does the name McLaren-Honda remind you of?
SP:
For sure, Ayrton Senna.

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