Perez thrilled by “hardest-fought podium ever”

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Sergio Perez said it was an “amazing feeling” to claim a podium finish for Force India in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“This podium is an amazing achievement and one of the most special results in my whole career,” said Perez.

“This is a massive confidence boost, especially after the very hard season I had last year, and it was the hardest-fought podium I ever had.”

Perez’s last appearance on the rostrum since Monza in 2012. He crossed the line today less than half a second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

“It was an amazing feeling to cross the line because the last few laps were very difficult<" said Perez. "I had to keep up the pace and I knew the Red Bulls were coming."

"In the end we managed to stay ahead and score this very special result in only my third race with the team."

Perez also came out on top of a battle with Nico Hulkenberg earlier in the race, we he said was a “great fight”.

“When he got ahead of me after the first stop, I tried to keep my head down to get back ahead. I managed to do that when we were fighting with the Williams and that was the crucial moment.”

Perez’s result is the second podium appearance by Force India driver, following Giancarlo Fisichella’s second place at Spa-Francorchamps in 2009.

Team principal Vijay Mallya described it ass “one of the greatest days in the history of our team”.

“It’s been a long time coming, but it’s very satisfying to see Sahara Force India back on the podium after so many near misses in recent years.”

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46 comments on Perez thrilled by “hardest-fought podium ever”

  1. Krish said on 7th April 2014, 10:05

    This will spur Hulk. He made a mistake in Q2, that lead to him missing Q3 and to start form P11. There itself his race was some what compromised. Without Safety Car he would have finished in P4. Now if Sergio can challenge Hulk like this, Force India is in for a wonderful season

  2. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 7th April 2014, 12:25

    It was actually more Hulkenberg doing the fighting for him. If Hulkenberg hadn’t kept the Red Bulls at bay for as long as he did, they would have been on and over Perez.

  3. Alan Torres (@alan1oo1) said on 8th April 2014, 5:09

    yes i think Hulkenberg helped a lot keeping those Redbulls behind, in some point of the final laps i thought he was doing it on purpose or following orders to help Perez but its nonsense every driver look after the best for himself, that is the think Hulkenberg its one of the most dificult drivers to overtake and also Perez is one of the best drivers overtaking, in this race Perez won when they where in fight, he just waited Massa – Hulkenberg battle and he did the right move in the exact time. Some would say is opportunist others that is clever.

  4. Grego Franco (@francogrego) said on 8th April 2014, 7:00

    May the force be with them up to Abu Dhabi!

  5. Robert said on 9th April 2014, 21:43

    yes, hulk make a great race from the 11th place, but in some point of the race he was in front checo because of the pit strategy, checo manage to pass him in a great move, as in brazil 2012, I think he lost a very close possible podium.

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