Perez: “I’m one of the lucky ones” (VIDEO)

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For Mexican driver Sergio Perez, the opportunity to have a home launch of the team’s new VJM08 chassis – in new livery – in Mexico City was a rare opportunity, and one he seized with both arms.

“It is special… it really reminds me of Escuderia Telmex launching products in Mexico,” Perez told NBC’s Will Buxton on site in Mexico City. “Now to launch my Formula One car here is very special. So few get the opportunity, and I’m one of the lucky ones.”

Perez will enter his fifth Formula One season this year with Force India, and second consecutive. This will mark his first season since 2012 (Sauber) where he’s not entering a new environment year-on-year.

“We have really high expectations of the season,” he said. “We are hoping to be strong, to fight for a better position than we did last year. We have to prove that. We have big hopes for next season.”

Although the car is set to miss the opening test at Jerez, Perez downplayed that as it’s generally a “sort the bugs out” type of test.

“We just need to keep developing the car,” Perez said. “But, you always take the first day, to be ready to test. (I don’t think) we won’t lose that much. The first test is procedures, engine, and we have that in hand.”

Here’s a video of the interview: