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GP Week : Issue 157
Sergio Perez proved once again that his Sauber is one of the kindest cars on its tyres after coming from a lowly 13th on the grid to score his second podium finish of the year. The Mexican finished the race with a 29-lap stint on the super-soft Pirellis to take third place, after overtaking Malaysian GP rival Fernando Alonso with just three laps to go. Starting on the soft tyre, Perez lasted until lap 41 before making his one and only pitstop. His strategy, combined with his impressive pace and the fact that most of those ahead started the race on the super-soft tyre meant he lay fifth behind Kimi Raikkonen before his stop. While Kimi pitted on lap 40 on an identical strategy to Perez, Checo left it a lap later and was able to leapfrog the Lotus thanks to the extra lap on warm tyres. He was then able to pull away from the Finn, overtake Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa to lie fifth on lap 57 and benefit from the demise of Alonso and Vettel to claim an unlikely third at the end. “When you start 15th and there is no rain or chaos you don’t really expect to finish on the podium. We were quite aggressive today. The strategy and the pit stop have been very good and I was able to overtake a few cars,” began Checo. “I saw that for me the tyre degradation wasn’t so bad and this allowed me to manage my pace quite well.” Perez said the result was just reward for a disappointing number of races, having failed to score a single point since the second place he score in Malaysia. “We have a quick car but since Malaysia we have been unlucky for one reason or another, and then yesterday we had such a disappointing qualifying,” he continued. “Today’s result is a great reward for all the guys who work hard. The last time I scored points I was also on the podium and think this is quite a nice way to do it. “Also it is particularly sweet to have been at the podium ceremony here in Montreal because we are not too far from my home country and there are many Mexicans here.” FIRST POINTS SINCE MALAYSIA FOR PEREZ 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> CANADA