Sergio Perez says he is extremely satisfied after securing his best result of 2013 in the Indian Grand Prix.
Perez finished the race in fifth place, pulling off a double move on Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton late on in the race.
“I was finally able to enjoy a clean race without any bad luck,” he said.
“Fifth place is a great result for me. Without question, I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but it’s always sweeter when you perform well while under pressure. I’m extremely satisfied.”
“In the closing laps, it was a fantastic feeling to get past Kimi and Lewis in a single move. I just braked as late as I could for Turn Four to try and keep Lewis behind – and I managed to do it.”
“It’s been a tough season, but today’s result is a promising sign and really motivates the whole workforce ahead of the last three races, where we’ll be doing our best to get more strong finishes under our belts.”
Team-mate Jenson Button sustained damage on the opening lap that scuppered his race.
The Brit finished the race in 14th place.
“Exiting Turn Four on the first lap, I got hit quite hard on the right-hand-side by Fernando [Alonso]. I don’t quite know why he couldn’t make to the apex, as I’d given him loads of room, but he hit me in the side pretty hard. The contact damaged the car and damaged the wheel rim, which also gave me a puncture, although it didn’t cause me an issue until about three laps later.”
“It was an extra shame that I was running on the Medium tyre when I had the puncture, as that was the one you wanted to run long around here! So that incident destroyed my strategy for the rest of the afternoon.”
“Without that contact, and the resultant puncture, I think we could have had some fun out there. It’s just a shame, because our car was quick around here – Checo [Perez] showed just what was possible by driving an extremely good race.”