Perez believes Bahrain drive silenced his critics

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Sergio Perez says his performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix proves he can justify his place at McLaren.

Perez finished sixth after beating his team mate and Fernando Alonso in tough wheel-to-wheel battles.

“We’ve been through some very difficult moments but I think this is the start of our season,” said Perez. “I never lost my confidence, I always believed in myself. I’ve shown the critics that I can do a good job.”

Perez came in for some criticism after lackluster performances in the early races of the season.

He drew fire from Kimi Raikkonen for the manner in which he defended his position in China. But, as was also the case with Alonso in Bahrain, the stewards were unmoved by the complaints of Perez’s rivals.

Perez focused on honing his race set-up in Bahrain which allowed him to go on the attack from 12th on the grid.

“The strategy and the pace of the car allows you to be different,” said Perez. “You are not defending, you are attacking.”

Team mate Jenson Button also felt Perez had overstepped the mark in Bahrain but the pair resolved their differences:

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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