Perez thrilled with podium

By on Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sergio Perez claimed the third podium of his career and equalled his - and Sauber as an independent outfit - best result in Formula One.

The Mexican driver started from twelfth place but finished in second place after adopting an unconventional tyre strategy.

"This was a very enjoyable race for me. It was one of those where you have the pace and are the one to attack. I am very happy for the team which is working very hard", he said.

Perez admitted he wasn't fully sure early on that his tyre strategy would work out for the best.

"I didn’t have an easy first stint with the hard tyres but it was certainly the right strategy. I was frequently in contact with the team on the radio because I was worried the tyres would suddenly drop and we would have to change our strategy. Also we were not quite sure how quickly they would warm up."

Fortunately, Perez was able to attack his rivals and was pleased with the conduct of his fellow drivers.

"However, it worked out fine, I could stay out as long as I needed to for our strategy. The second stint was then really maximum attack and I must say all of the drivers I overtook have been fair. They didn’t leave me more room than they had to, but it was always enough. This is the way it should be"

Kamui Kobayashi had a relatively mundane race and lamented a lack of Friday running.

"For some reason I just didn’t have the pace. Obviously I raced on a different strategy as I had to start on the tyres I qualified with. For both compounds I admit I had a lack of experience as we hadn’t managed to do long runs on Friday."

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