Sergio Perez made no secret of his delight after scoring his second podium finish in the last three races in Sunday’s European Grand Prix.
Perez qualified second on Saturday at the Baku City Circuit, but was forced to drop back to seventh on the grid after a crash in FP3 left him in need of a new gearbox.
The pace of the Force India car was enough to let Perez fight back, passing Kimi Raikkonen to take the final podium position on the final lap, despite not needing to overtake due to the Finn’s time penalty.
“I felt like I knew yesterday when I put the car in the wall in P3, there was a big chance for us to score a big result to score a massive result,” Perez said on the podium.
“I was frustrated with myself. Then going into qualifying, my boys did an amazing job to fix the car, to put everything together.
“Then I had to do a job, I had to get on with the job. We had a great qualifying but still we were starting P7 today. We had to make our way through.
“Very good start, very good first lap, very nice overtaking at Turn 2 for [Felipe] Massa and [Daniil] Kvyat. Then fighting with Kimi all the way to the end.
“I knew that he had a five second penalty, but it was still nice to get him on the last lap.
“It was very nice. Although I knew that the podium was secure, when I saw the opportunity and it was safe enough to do it, I went for it.”
The result marks the first time that Force India has scored multiple podiums in one season, and is also the fifth in the team’s history – four of which are courtesy of Perez.