Sergio Perez’s Monaco Grand Prix may have ended in retirement, yet his pace throughout the race on Sunday certainly turned a few heads (as did his style of overtaking), and the Mexican driver is keen on continuing his good form into the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend.
“There are plenty of positives to take forward to Canada,” Perez began in a team statement. “It’s a race I enjoy – I finished on the podium there last year; and I feel like the team is bringing performance to the car at every race.”
McLaren have certainly cut the gap to the front runners in recent weeks, with Perez only trailing the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers in Monaco until he retired following his run-in with Kimi Raikkonen. The Mexican driver does however believe that his fighting spirit could pay dividends in Montreal.
“Although we’re still not where we need to be, I hope the Montreal weekend will be another step. At the very least, I think we can have a good weekend – it’s a race that can reward a fighter because it’s often so unpredictable.”
This unpredictability saw Jenson Button win the 2011 race despite running last at one point and making six pit stops. If they are to win for a fourteenth time in Canada, McLaren will be banking on a similarly-surprising race, although points will be the target for the British team next weekend.