Sergio Perez rules out home podium

  • Published on 27 Oct 2016 10:26
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Sergio Perez has admitted that a podium finish in this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix is an unrealistic target.

Racing in his second home Grand Prix of his career, Perez will have virtually all the crowd behind him, but he has all but ruled out a giant-killing performance.

"Let's be realistic. Under normal conditions, (achieving a podium finish) is impossible," he said.

Instead, the Force India driver is targeting a finish higher than his eighth place finish in last year's race, an event which he said was better than expected.

"I was expecting a lot, but what I saw last year was 100 times more incredible," he said of the first F1 Grand Prix in Mexico in 23 years.

Perez currently sits seventh in the drivers; standings and his team is fourth in the constructors' table, locked in a tight battle with Williams.

Should Force India finish the season in fourth place, it will mark the team's best ever finish in their nine year history, but Perez insists the result would be no fluke either.

"We're fourth (in the constructors' championship standings) because we deserve it," the former Sauber driver insisted.

Well yes, they've done a good job. Both drivers are good and the team has developed faster than Williams, so they do deserve 4th if they end up there at the end of the season.

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  • Oct 27 2016 - 11:04

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  • Well yes, they've done a good job. Both drivers are good and the team has developed faster than Williams, so they do deserve 4th if they end up there at the end of the season.

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    • Oct 27 2016 - 11:04
  • DRS-zone

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    Perez is a good driver and it looks like he found his sweet spot at Force India.

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    • Oct 27 2016 - 12:41
    • Definitely. I wonder if they'll be able to keep their momentum next year.

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      • Oct 27 2016 - 13:21
    • DRS-zone

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      I think Force India will get under pressure from Toro Rosso as they will go back to the Renault engines. James Key has proven to be a good designer as well.

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      • Oct 27 2016 - 14:12
    • Its likely, and next year will shake things up on the chassis front, and TR is generally good at designing those.

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      • Oct 28 2016 - 09:59

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