Force India’s Sergio Pérez is hoping to get his points-scoring streak back on track at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after a last outing in Monaco.

The Mexican retired on the opening lap in Monaco being tipped into the barriers at Mirabeau by McLaren’s Jenson Button (pictured above) and wants to put that behind him and score more points at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, a track that should suit the Mercedes-powered VJM07.

“After a very disappointing race in Monaco, I just want to get back in the car and get the best possible result for my team. Points will be the target. As a track, it should be suited to the strengths of our car so we have to maximise this opportunity,” Pérez, who has scored 20 points so far this season – with the highlight being a podium in Bahrain – said.

Sergio Perez

Perez is bullish about his chances of scoring more points this weekend.

“I really enjoy racing in Canada; it’s a very nice circuit which is quick and technical. It feels a bit like a home race for me because it’s not too far from Mexico and there are always quite a few Mexican fans at the race.

“It’s another track where you need good top speed and traction from the slow corners.

“You also have to maximise the limits of the track to be quick and get really close to the walls, so it’s easy to make a mistake.

“It’s hard to overtake there, but the final chicane is definitely the best opportunity.

“I have very good memories from Montreal,” he added. “In 2012 I started at the back of the grid and managed to finish in third place. It was an amazing race and my one-stop strategy worked perfectly. It was my second podium in Formula 1 and was a great feeling – one I hope to experience again soon.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8
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