Perez Eager to Forget Singapore Disaster

Published 09/27/2018, 2:07 AM EDT


Russian Grand Prix – Sergio Perez is looking to make amends for his overly-combative race in Singapore by returning to the points at the Sochi Autodrom.

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In Singapore, the Mexican driver was involved in a number of incidents. At the start, he collided with his Racing Point Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon, sending him into the barrier and out of the race.

Later in the race, he collided with Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin after being held up by the Russian for numerous laps.

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Speaking ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, Perez said he was looking for an immediate response and continue Force India’s quest to climb the constructors’ championship table.

Sergio Perez

Perez said, “I was very disappointed with the result in Singapore, but dealing with difficult days is part of the job,”.

“I have turned the page already and I am looking forward to Sochi, where I am sure the outcome will be very different. I can’t wait to get back in the car and get the points the team deserves.

“I am feeling positive about this weekend and I think we’ll be competitive. Singapore did not bring us the result we expected but the performance and balance of the car were very good.

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“If we can carry that pace forward to Sochi, we should expect a strong result. I think the new upgrades still have some potential to unlock and hopefully we will be able to do so in Russia.”

Team-mate Ocon added that he was happy with the team’s recent updates. He said, “We had a terrible weekend in Singapore, leaving empty-handed despite having a great car and the pace to score well, so I am determined to bounce back immediately in Russia.

“We have made some improvements with our upgrades so I think we will be competitive once again in Sochi. We can score points with both cars and we will work hard to achieve this.”

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This isn’t the first time the two drivers have collided with each other. Last season, both Perez and Ocon clashed several times on track. So, Force India imposed team orders. The idea was to keep the two drivers in line.

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