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!”