Pérez ready to tackle "one of the best circuits in the world" in Suzuka

08-10-2019 18:33
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
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Pérez ready to tackle one of the best circuits in the world in Suzuka

Looking ahead to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Racing Point driver Sergio Pérez is excited to tackle what he thinks it "one of the best circuits in the worldin Suzuka, with the Mexican looking to continue his excellent form.

Pérez has finished in the top seven in three of the last four races, with that fourth one being a mechanical retirement in Singapore. Sixth in Belgium, seventh in Italy and seventh in Russia underline just how in-form Pérez is, and what an excellent driver he is when he has the right car underneath him.

With Toro Rosso and sixth place of the constructors' championship in sight, the F1 circus now lands in Japan to visit one of Pérez's favourite tracks in Suzuka. Last season, he finished seventh there as he continued to push after being reset to 0 points following Force India's name change in the summer of 2018.

“Suzuka is definitely up there as one of the best circuits in the world. It’s the track that all the drivers love because of the high-speed corners and the first sector is probably the best of the year," Pérez explains when previewing the weekend.

"It’s where a Formula 1 car really shows its performance because of the quick changes of direction. In qualifying, on low fuel, it’s a very special feeling.

“It’s not only the first sector that is amazing. The end of the lap has the 130R corner, which is very impressive and you’re still doing 300kph at the corner exit. Even with the downforce we have on the cars these days, it’s really important to be precise because it’s easy to make a mistake or run wide.

“When I think of Japan, I remember the fans. They are amazing. When we leave the hotel in the mornings, they are already there waiting for us. It’s really nice to see how much they love our sport. They are very respectful and polite, and they also make gifts for us.”

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