Perez hails P4 in Brazil as ‘big result’ despite losing podium late on

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Sergio Perez has called his fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix a “big result” despite missing out on a podium finish in the closing stages at Interlagos.

Perez made an ambitious strategy work to rise up to third place late on in Brazil in heavy rain, leaving Force India on the cusp of its third Formula 1 podium finish of the year.

However, an inspired charge from Max Verstappen in the closing stages saw the Red Bull driver take P3 away, leaving Perez to settle for fourth.

“What a fun but tense race today! It’s a shame to lose a podium place in the last two laps, but Max just had a different pace,” Perez said.

“He was the fastest on track and there was nothing I could do to keep him behind. Even though I am a bit disappointed, we can still celebrate a great race and an incredible result, especially considering the conditions we had out there today.

“Just getting to the finish line on a day like this feels like a victory, and to bring home fourth is a very important result. It was so easy to make mistakes; you risked aquaplaning at any moment – every time I crossed the finish line I had a breath of relief.

“It’s a big result, not only for me, but also for the team as it brings us important points for the battle for fourth place. A lot can still happen in Abu Dhabi, but we can be happy about this result.”

Force India now sits 27 points clear of closest-rival Williams in race for fourth place in the constructors’ championship with just 43 still to play for in Abu Dhabi.