Force India’s Sergio Pérez believes that he will have the pace to score points and finish in the top ten this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mexican driver failed to start the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend in Sepang due to a gearbox issue and now he is ready to put that behind him on his next hit-out at Sakhir.

Speaking to Force India’s website ahead of the event, Pérez said he was eager to bounce back from last week’s disappointment.

“It’s a very good thing that the disappointment will only last a couple of days before we go to Bahrain, so I’m looking forward to it. The whole weekend in Malaysia was frustrating, but hopefully we can achieve a great result in Bahrain,” he said.

Based on the team’s solid pre-season testing in Bahrain and the team’s performance over the first two races, Pérez believes they are in looking good for the race in the Gulf state, which will stage its first ever night-time Grand Prix.

“I feel that we are in good shape, so hopefully we can deliver a strong performance there. If we keep out of trouble, we should have the pace to score points and get our season back on track.”

Pérez favourite memories at Sakhir were last year’s race in the McLaren where he finished sixth, and his GP2 victory in the sprint race for Campos Grand Prix.

“Last year I had a good race with McLaren and it was one of my best races. Also, I won there in GP2. Normally it’s a good track for me, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Speaking on the stand outs of a lap of the Sakhir track and how the car will cope: “In turn one there’s normally a lot of overtaking and a lot of action, and with the limited rear grip the cars have these days it will be interesting how we can cope with that.”

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Michael Terminello

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