Perez: “A dream start I will remember forever”

2011 Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, Peter Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Sergio Perez, Peter Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Sergio Perez said he did not expect to be able to do just one pit stop during the Australian Grand Prix.

The Sauber driver said:

“To be honest we never thought that we could only do one stop. In the briefing we spoke about two or three stops depending how the race was going.

“But then I did a very long stint on the prime. Everybody was on options so I lost some positions. But I was very consistent, then suddenly I dropped a lot. So I came in.

“When I put the options on I thought it was going to be 10 to 15 laps so I really pushed. I had Vettel in front of me for some time so it cost me the sixth position to [Jenson] Button because I lost around eight seconds.

“So when he was in front of me I tried to save a lot because I was losing a lot my fronts by getting behind him. He pitted, I overtook him, and then I managed the tyres quite nicely, I was not going to the limit, and still me tyres were three or four tenths away from what I could do.

“I’m really happy for the team. It’s a great day for the team, for Kamui [Kobayashi] and myself, so I’m very proud for them.”

Perez described his result as a “dream”:

“It was really nice. It’s a dream start for me just to be in the points, to have such a nice race, a good strategy, everything went fine.

“It’s a debut that I will remember forever.”

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52 comments on Perez: “A dream start I will remember forever”

  1. Sush Meerkat said on 27th March 2011, 10:35

    wHAT IS IT ABOUT sAUBER AND ROOKIE DRIVERS DOING REALLY WELL FOR THE TEAM?, hAPPENED FOR hEADFIELD AND rAIKONEN AND kAMUI AND pEREZ.

    • Sush Meerkat said on 27th March 2011, 10:36

      damn caps lock key.

      a bad workman always blames his fools, I mean tools….

      stupid keyboard.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 10:37

      You got the capslock stuck there Sush?

      Looks like Peter Sauber really has a good hand at picking exiting drivers.

      • Sush Meerkat said on 27th March 2011, 10:44

        Yeah Bas, pinky finger got all excited at seeing a new article with zero comments.

        While my journalistic editing skills are clearly in question my point still stands with regards to Sauber nurturing some cracking rookie drives.

        If my name was Jaime AlguerSUAVE (do you see what I did there?), I’d be taking the Sauber sponsors out for Lobster dinners.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th March 2011, 18:15

          A bit of a shame then about the DSQ for Sauber. The season is only one race in and already we have the first controversy!

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 27th March 2011, 23:04

            I know. Reading that Perez quote now, just breaks my heart for him. Nothing he did to be DQ’d, and it wasn’t performance enhancing. I hope they’re successful with their appeal, though I doubt they will be.

  2. Bravo Sergio! Looks like he has a real skill at tyre management and he looked lively all race. Hope this is the first of many successes for him.

    Also well done to Peter Sauber for spotting him when he perhaps wasn’t the obvious choice.

  3. this drive should shut up all those complaining about tires, a rookie managed to get the race distance completed with 1 pit stop strategy and was ahead of his team mate… and was lapping decent lap times. great job!! clearly he was the rookie of the race by far.

    • Oliver said on 27th March 2011, 11:15

      Thed rookie started on fresh rubber. By not making it into the top 10 he had fresh sets of tyres to drive with. His team mate had no fresh sets beacause of the effort to make it into the top 10 in qualifying. Which makes you wonder why a driver has to be punished for his qualifying efforts.

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 27th March 2011, 20:10

      @ Dev he was actually lapping pretty slowly but gained 54 – 56 seconds over all those that made 3 stops.
      Although it was a very good drive for his 1st race

      • Rod Salsas said on 28th March 2011, 2:38

        @BBT: Lapping very slowly? Perez set the fastest lap (droping 1:30’s Sec barrier) on lap 40 or 41.
        Ofcourse he gained time against the ones who stop 3 times, but he sustain 13 Sec gap against he’s next follower -Kabui- for more than 15 laps!

  4. MattHT (@mattht) said on 27th March 2011, 10:48

    Vastly outshone the other South American rookie today, i think this could turn out to be be an inspired signing by Sauber in the long run. Clearly kept his cool when surrounded by faster drivers at certain times too. And one stop?! Could he become 2011’s tyre management master? :P

    • Alexi said on 27th March 2011, 12:57

      Mexico is in south America now? Wow.

      • Mike-e said on 27th March 2011, 23:57

        yes….. mexico is in south america. Duh….

        • Mike in NYC said on 28th March 2011, 0:49

          Better learn your geography. Mexico is in North America..

        • Rod Salsas said on 28th March 2011, 2:44

          @MattHT. No, Mexico is in North America portion of the Continent. Or how can you explain this?: Canada and United States is North America. Then Mexico is South America (according to your geographical setting). Then is Central America, (begining with Gatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, etc.) and the AGAIN South America!!! ??? Woooooowwwww DuuuuuuuH! What happen here is that (some) United States habitants deny this fact because they thing that AMERICA is their property. Ignorants.

  5. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 27th March 2011, 10:54

    Great job from Sergio. How on earth he managed one stop I’ll never know.

    Maybe it’s something the teams will take note of. Hopefully not otherwise it’s back to 1 stop racing again.

  6. Massively impressed, one for the future.

  7. Slr (@slr) said on 27th March 2011, 11:06

    Fantastic drive from Perez. I’m so happy for him.

  8. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 27th March 2011, 11:07

    Great drive, very impressive, I wonder how many teams will be trying that gamble in future races.

  9. box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 27th March 2011, 11:13

    And I was thikning he was a nasty pay driver when he signed, well done Perez! but your livery is still not that great=P

  10. Oliver said on 27th March 2011, 11:19

    I believe Kobayashi wanted a good result to dedicate to people back home. Which explains why he didn’t try to defend from Button or Alonso. As both would have resulted in the loss of time and wear on his already limited supply of fresh tyres.

  11. Fixy (@fixy) said on 27th March 2011, 11:37

    It’s a debut that I will remember forever.

    It’s his debut, he has only one…

  12. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th March 2011, 11:39

    I think Perez’s strategy opens up a world of possibilities. He’s demonstrated that one-stops are possible, but I’m not expecting them to be common because Fernando Alonso has shown that a three-stop strategy can be equally effective. I think a lot of two-stoppers will try for a single stop, which is going to create an interesting scenario late in the race when they find they just don’t have the grip. I think it will be especially common at circuits with short pit lanes because the drivers will lose less if they get it wrong and are forced to pit. Look for it at Silverstone, Montreal and Monza in particular. At the opposite end of the scale, we won’t be seeing it at circuits with longer/slower pit lanes; so don’t expect it at the Nurburgring, Interlagos or the Hungaroring.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th March 2011, 11:49

      Agree fully, apart from one small thing: no one IMO is stipid enough to try a 1-stop in Montreal no matter how short the pitlane is.No one did that since the mid-nineties and race tyres were much harder then.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th March 2011, 12:59

        It’s a very short pit. If someone has nothing to lose and everything to gain and if they think they can pull it off, they might go for it. It’s like Button running a high(er)-downforce setup at Monza: nobody saw it coming, nobody would have thought of it, and he very nearly won the race with it.

    • Mike said on 28th March 2011, 2:33

      I think short pit lanes have to opposite effect, in that they plan for more pit stops as the time loss is reduced.

      Doesn’t China have a long pit lane?

  13. Gnarly Racing (@gnarly-racing-2) said on 27th March 2011, 11:58

    Just heard Sauber have been disqualified. What kind of stupid rule…why wasn’t it picked up in scrutineering on Thursday or whenever?!

    Really hard luck guys, still a memorable performance and a great start though.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th March 2011, 13:02

      why wasn’t it picked up in scrutineering on Thursday or whenever?!

      Because changes can be made between Thursday checks and the post-race inspection. How many times did we see a team experiment with F-ducts last year? Sauber could well have introduced new bodywork before the race that was outside the rules. That’s why we have a post-race check: to make sure no-one clears scruitineering and then slips new, illegal parts through the race.

  14. Eggry (@eggry) said on 27th March 2011, 12:01

    Fantastic Result=>EPIC FAIL

  15. Calum (@calum) said on 27th March 2011, 13:37

    Unlucky Sergio, you can hardly blame the driver, he has to trust his engineers to set up of legal components.

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