Racing Point’s Sergio Perez ran the race with a tactical lead at last Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix alongside eventual winner Lewis Hamilton. The 30-year-old Mexican driver has proven with many podium results and many points over the years that he is one of the most reliable players in the (middle) field, but he has to leave his team at the end of 2020, after seven years together, because next year Sebastian Vettel contracted with the owner’s son, Lance Stroll.
Perez, who is likely to take the place of Alexander Albon’s Red Bull, spoke in Istanbul about this year’s year and prospects:
“I think it was a good season for me, but in Formula 1, of course, a lot depends on the car. I think I’ve had some really good seasons in the past that weren’t visible because of the potential of that car. I was seventh in the league, eighth a few times, even though I worked really well, I did a really great job. I think I get to a very good level now, maybe I’m at the top in terms of experience, communication and understanding with the team – of course I’ve been here a long time, that helps too. ”
“I think this year has been pretty volatile for a number of reasons, but we’re putting this season together anyway, and I’m sure this podium finish will help me close the season strongly.”
Asked if the Istanbul podium could help him get the next seat, he said:
“I think one has to always get results every single weekend because in F1 you are only as good as your last weekend, so a good close is important. But the rest is not up to me. ”
“Would it be unfair to be left out? I think that’s also included in Formula 1, I’ve always been aware of it. It’s also a privilege to have spent 10 years in F1 by now and have had a nice career. If I have to leave F1, I can leave proudly with my head raised, as I did well with the technique that came. Not many have such a career. We’ll see what happens, I reconciled with the situation anyway. “