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.
There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.
Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.
Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.
HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday
Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.
Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.
Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):
—IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold