Perez: Podium an amazing achievement

By on Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez praised his Force India team after they claimed a podium finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez passed Felipe Massa for third during the early stint of the race and survived a battle with team-mate Nico Hulkenberg to retain the position following the safety car period.

Perez managed his pace towards the end of the race to narrowly resist the advances of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo as he collected his first podium since 2012 and Force India's first since 2009.

"This podium is an amazing achievement and one of the most special results in my whole career," he said.

"This is a massive confidence boost, especially after the very hard season I had last year, and it was the hardest-fought podium I ever had.

"It was an amazing feeling to cross the line because the last few laps were very difficult. I had to keep up the pace and I knew the Red Bulls were coming.

"In the end we managed to stay ahead and score this very special result in only my third race with the team. I also had a great fight with my teammate during the whole race. When he got ahead of me after the first stop, I tried to keep my head down to get back ahead. I managed to do that when we were fighting with the Williams and that was the crucial moment."

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