Perez: I’m at the top of my game right now

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Sergio Perez believes that he is at the top of his game after charging to third place in last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez climbed from seventh on the grid in Monaco to score his sixth podium in Formula 1 thanks to a perfect strategy call from his Force India team.

The result marked just the fourth top-three finish in Force India’s history – Perez being responsible for three of them.

In an interview with the official F1 website, Perez discussed the rise of 18-year-old Max Verstappen, who became the youngest race winner in the history of the sport last month.

Perez said that he did not feel frustrated by the success of a youngster such as Verstappen despite being in his sixth season and still lacking a race win.

“Not frustrating. Max is a very good driver and I am happy for him,” Perez said.

“But what it means is that you have to be in the right car! In my six years now in F1 I haven’t had that.

“I am proud of what I have achieved with the tools that I’ve got in the past – I think my podium finishes speak for themselves. That is how my career should be measured.

“I am at the top of my game right at the moment. I have improved a lot as a driver since I came into Formula 1 and I hope that one day I will be able to lay my hands on a competitive car to show what I can do.

“If Max hadn’t had the opportunity – first his ‘schooling’ at Toro Rosso and now his chance at Red Bull Racing – he wouldn’t have won!”

Perez has turned his career around since being dropped by McLaren after just one season at the end of 2013, and remains open to a move up to a bigger team.

“Of course you watch things very carefully – and also look into the rumours!” Perez said.

“And of course you let any big team know that you are available.

“The best way to do it is delivering good results – and that I am doing.

“So if an opportunity comes, I am open!”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.