Sergio Perez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2011

Perez eager to score first points on familiar track

2011 Turkish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2011
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2011

Sergio Perez welcomes a return to circuits he’s familiar with in next week’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The Sauber driver says he’s hoping to score his first points following his disqualification from seventh place in Australia.

Perez said: “In a way I feel for me the championship is about to start now with these next races on circuits I know.

“I have raced at Istanbul Park twice in the GP2 series and I find the track very nice. I especially used to enjoy turn eight a lot.

“With the Formula One car it will, of course, be physically demanding for the neck muscles, and turn eight will also be a special challenge for the front tyres. We will have to be careful with them. In any case

“I?m really looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix and I want to bag my first points.”

Technical director James Key said the high loadings of turn eight will be the biggest test so far for the new Pirelli tyres:

“It will be another interesting event for the tyres, because the famous turn eight is one of the high speed corners of the year with the highest loading of the tyres. Although we have seen some high speed corners at the last two events, I think this is by far another step beyond that.

“It will be interesting to see how well the tyres cope with that in terms of wear and degradation. This could result in some alternative strategies in the race, but we will not know until we get there.”

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