Perez offers praise to Sauber after 'massive' improvements

Published on 01 Oct 2018 16:01

Sergio Perez has commended Sauber's improvements throughout the 2018 season, which has seen them fight for points on a more regular basis. The Swiss squad walked away from Russia with six points, courtesy of Charles Leclerc's seventh-place finish.

The Monegasque driver qualified in the same position one-day before, and held off the competition to bring Sauber within touching distance of Toro Rosso in the constructor's standings. 

Perez, who raised for Sauber during the 2011 and 2012 seasons has been left impressed by its progress: "I think they’ve done an amazing job. I just saw him [Charles Leclerc] on the first lap and then he disappeared. It was a massive surprise so let’s see what happens at Suzuka, different track and hopefully we can a bit more competitive there."

Speaking about his own race, both Force India tried and failed t pass the Haas of Kevin Magnussen. Perez came home in tenth place, collecting a point for himself and the pink panthers. After being handed a chance to get past Magnussen, he was instructed to give ninth place back to teammate Esteban Ocon.

"We just had to follow each other and the team tried to maximise today, they gave me the chance to push into [Kevin] Magnussen because we thought at the time that I was a bit quicker, which didn’t happen," he said. "I understood the decision and we did what we could today."

Replies (8)
SE calle.itw 01 Oct 2018 17:130
Posts: 5891
They've done their homework for sure. Really hope this bodes well for the future. Im sure the extra help from Ferrari and the current spec PU benefitted them greatly, but regardless its a good leap.
US ajpennypacker 01 Oct 2018 17:58+1
Posts: 1508
Solid work from Sauber. But credit where it's due... It was only Leclerc who disappeared ahead of Force India. Ericsson was 13th. It's a good example of how a driver can still make a difference in the car.
SE calle.itw 01 Oct 2018 18:420
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Oh he do indeed do a world's difference as of present. I really look forward to seeing him in that Ferrari next year.
DK websurfer 01 Oct 2018 19:170
Posts: 47
"It was only Leclerc who disappeared ahead of Force India. Ericsson was 13th. It's a good example of how a driver can still make a difference in the car " AND maybe it's a good example as well of how a team only are able to have one top performing car.
US ajpennypacker 01 Oct 2018 20:200
Posts: 1508
Please explain. Are there parts only Leclerc had access to?
DK websurfer 01 Oct 2018 20:470
Posts: 47
We have seen this often in the past that the best mechanics and the best engineer are reserved to the number 1 driver.
SE calle.itw 02 Oct 2018 09:190
Posts: 5891
Doesnt mean it applies to this case. And Ronnie Peterson could compensate for such bop. Marcus cant.
NL KyalamiKid 02 Oct 2018 17:300
Posts: 146
and if so, Marcus should ask himself why the rookie is the number 1 driver...

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