Perez hails 'very special' Monaco podium

By on Sunday, May 29, 2016
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez described his Monaco Grand Prix podium as "very special" after he finished the race in third position for Force India.

The Mexican driver started from seventh on the grid but worked his way through on strategy to emerge in third, running the dry stint of the race on Soft tyres.

Perez was hassled by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel but preserved his rubber to ensure he was able to keep his rival at bay, and stand on a Formula 1 podium for the sixth time in his career.

"A podium in Monaco is a very special moment," said Perez.

"It’s one of my best ever races, especially when you see how difficult the conditions were today: you had to concentrate so hard and it was easy to make a mistake.

"The key to my race was the strategy and we got things just about perfect today. The first difficult decision was when to fit the intermediate tyre and we delayed this as long as possible.

"The team said it was my call when to come in and it paid off because we managed to jump a couple of cars, including my team-mate.

"The switch to dry tyres was another key moment because I pitted early, a lap before [Nico] Rosberg and Vettel, and managed to jump ahead of them."

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