Sergio P?â?®rez has visited the Sauber factory ahead of his first test with the team next month.
I came here to meet my future team and also to find out where I am going to live here. I want to be very close to the factory and to spend as much time as possible with them in my first season. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm looking forward to having this experience and succeeding with the Sauber team. I think they?óÔé¼Ôäóre a great bunch of people; they received me very, very well, and I am really happy. I did quite a lot of work with the engineers as it is good to get to know each other. All in all it was a very nice experience.
It is a great factory, it is really huge. It seems that here you?óÔé¼Ôäóve got all the environment and resources which are needed to build a competitive Formula One car and to succeed. I hope everything goes well with preparations for the next season, and then we should have a good car.
He will drive for the team in the post-season test day for young drivers at Yas Marina:
[It] will be in Abu Dhabi on November 17th. Wednesday right after my final GP2 race I will do one day and then we will see what comes next.
P?â?®rez joins Kamui Kobayashi at the team in 2011. The pair raced against each other in GP2 in 2009, P?â?®rez scoring 22 points to Kobayashi’s 13:
I know him a little from GP2 where we were both racing in 2009. I think he is a great driver, I rate him highly. He has also done some really impressive racing in Formula One, so I think he will be a very good benchmark for me. We have to work together and develop the car in order to achieve the best possible results.
Speaking about his F1 debut he said:
It is a dream come true. I started racing at the age of six and always pushed myself to make it into Formula One. I had a very difficult time when going alone to Europe ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ to Germany actually ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ at the age of 15. It was hard but I took my chances. Now I?óÔé¼Ôäóm looking forward to succeeding in Formula One.
I love to compete ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ every single day. Not only in driving, also on the physical and mental side.
Sergio P?â?®rez at Sauber
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