Perez calls run to P8 in Singapore ‘one of my best performances in F1’

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Sergio Perez believes his run to eighth place in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix was one of the best performances of his Formula 1 career.

Perez qualified 10th on Saturday at Marina Bay, only to receive an eight-place grid penalty following two yellow flag infringements during Q2.

The Mexican driver has a reputation for managing his tires carefully, and put that nous to good use on Sunday by making an aggressive strategy work on his way up to P8 at the checkered flag.

“Today was one of my best performances in F1,” Perez told NBCSN after the race.

“We managed to secure the points, and we needed those points. We got ahead of Williams again. Very difficult race. But we managed to secure it. Very good job.

“Looking back, we did a big mistake to stop [then] and we lost a position to Esteban [Gutierrez]. I was stuck behind him for a long time. That prevented more progress.”

Perez was left to fight alone for Force India after teammate Nico Hulkenberg crashed out before the first corner following a tangle with Carlos Sainz Jr.

“Yeah pretty s****y to be honest. Frustrating to only go 100 meters,” Hulkenberg told NBCSN.

“My start was too good to be true. Best of the season. Went between the gap of Toro Rossos. Obviously he had to avoid Max [Verstappen], I got hit on the rear left. It sent me into the wall. Not great.”

Despite only having one car in the race, Force India still managed to retake fourth place in the constructors’ championship as Williams failed to score any points in Singapore.

With six races remaining, Force India lies one point ahead in the teams’ standings, 112 points playing 111.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.