Perez thrilled by Force India podium return

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sahara Force India

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Sergio Perez expressed his elation as he and Force India finished on the podium for the second time this season at the European Grand Prix.

Perez qualified on the front row of the grid but was demoted to seventh after he picked up a gearbox penalty when he crashed out of the final practice session.

Perez nonetheless recovered to fourth place in the race but was assured of third as Kimi Raikkonen picked up a time penalty in the pits.

Perez, however, cemented third spot by passing his Ferrari rival on the final lap at the Baku City Circuit.

"I knew yesterday when I put the car in the wall in P3 that it was a big chance for us, to score a massive result," he said.

"I was so frustrated with myself. Going into qualifying my boys did an amazing job to put everything together. Then I had to do the job, I had to get on with the job.

"We had a great qualifying, but still we were P7. We had to make our way through. I got a very good start, a very good first lap, some nice overtaking into Turn 2 on [Felipe] Massa and [Daniil] Kvyat.

"Then I was fighting with Kimi all the way to the end. I knew he had a five-second penalty, but it was still nice to get him on the last lap.

"Although I knew the podium was secure, when I saw it was safe enough to do it, with no risk at all, I went for it."

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