Perez eager to score first points on familiar track

2011 Turkish Grand Prix

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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8 comments on Perez eager to score first points on familiar track

  1. What tyres will be used in Turkey?

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th April 2011, 12:42

    Looking forward to that Checo Perez!

  3. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th April 2011, 13:32

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

    He proved he doesn’t need to know the circuit to do well: I expect a great race from him!

  4. George (@george) said on 29th April 2011, 14:14

    After his pretty bad rookie mistake in China I’d say he just needs to have a clean race and finish somewhere near his team mate. Frankly I’d be surprised if Sauber can get into the top 10, to do so they would have to rely on one of the faster teams having a problem I think.

    • xanathos (@xanathos) said on 29th April 2011, 19:59

      Why should they have to rely on a faster team having problems? Kobayashi made it into Q3 2 out of 3 times and if you count Australia, they have scored points in every race so far. Looks good enough to me, especially compared to 2010…

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