VIDEO: Perez charges from sixteenth to sixth in Austria

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Sergio Perez will be coming away from the Austrian Grand Prix with a smile on his face after finishing sixth at the Red Bull Ring.

The Force India driver was forced to start from 16th place on the grid, having qualified 11th and then been hit with a five-place grid penalty for causing a crash with Felipe Massa at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Just as it did in Canada, the team elected to start Perez on the prime tire, allowing him to go longer into the race before stopping. As a result, he led for ten laps ahead of eventual winner Nico Rosberg, who only found a way past when the Mexican’s tires began to drop off in pace.

Perez twice entered battle with Massa, who had warned that he would think three times before even attempting to pass the Force India following the incident in Montreal. However, both drivers kept the racing clean, with Massa eventually finishing fourth for Williams.

On the super-soft tire, Perez was the quickest man on the circuit in the final stages of the grand prix, and posted the fastest lap of the race. He battled past the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen during his final stint, thus securing himself a strong sixth place finish.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.