Sergio Perez enjoyed the time spent in Mexico during the summer break but he now looks forward to getting back to action in Spa this weekend.
With Force India being just 15 points of their direct rival Williams, the Mexican driver believes the fight for the fourth place in the standings gives the entire team an extra boost for the remainder of the season.
“We have been really strong in the last few races before the break and hopefully we can keep this form in the second part of the season. Being in the battle for fourth place in the championship gives us a lot of motivation and we approach every weekend knowing we can be strong. I am enjoying my driving and working with the team, and I think we have everything in place to be competitive this weekend.”
The updates introduced at Silverstone have made a huge difference in the team’s performance and the Belgian Grand Prix represents a good opportunity for Force India to continue their run of points finishes.
“The key to being fast around Spa is having a good rhythm and enough downforce to be quick in the corners without losing too much on the straights. You want to be able to attack and defend in sector one, but not have too little wing to be struggling in the twisty parts of sector two. It’s a fine balance you need to strike and it can make or break your weekend”, says Perez.
“Eau Rouge is not as difficult as it used to be: you still need to be very precise about where you put your car, but you can easily take the corner flat-out. A key corner to gain or lose time is turn one: you can easily lose two tenths on that one alone if you make a mistake, and getting the exit right is crucial to carry as much speed as possible down the hill, up Raidillon and onto the Kemmel straight.”