At the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was impressed by McLaren driver Lando Norris. The Mexican driver praised the British rookie’s clean driving in their final-lap fight in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Racing Point driver overtook the youngster on the final lap of the race for seventh place. In fact, he dubbed it as “one of my best in my career”. However, the McLaren retaliated soon after and got the place back, sealing the team’s 4th place.
“Into turn 11 he dived and I came from behind, right around the outside,” he said. “That was a pretty good move.”
“Also great for him because, although he’s very young, it’s always good to race with drivers when you know it’s going to be very close. It was very aggressive, but always fair and not making stupid mistakes.”
Sergio Perez dodged a bullet when he was able to complete the first lap unscathed, but with a few bumps. Unfortunately, his team mate Lance Stroll, was not so lucky and bumped into Pierre Gasly. Gasly himself, clipped Sergio Perez and was forced to pit for repairs.
“It didn’t start very well,” said Perez. “I got a big hit from Gasly into turn one. But then I managed to recover.
“I lost a position to [Kevin] Magnussen, which make me lose a lot of track time in the first part of the race. Then we managed to recover that.
“We were patient. We let the front runners pit and then we had to push to come back close to the midfield group. And we managed to do a very strong second half of the race.”
Now, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll will be looking ahead to the 2020 season and hopefully a stronger performance. Racing Point ended the 2019 season only ahead of Haas, Alfa Romeo and Williams F1.