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


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.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”