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GP Week : Issue 193
sergio Perez has brought McLaren ever closer to ending their podium drought with a fighting fifth place at the Buddh International Circuit. Often maligned for his erratic performances, Perez delivered a Delhi drive that was reminiscent of his more established teammate Jenson Button, and used his fifth row starting position as a platform for his sunday afternoon assault. The Mexican racer made a superb start to jump into seventh place, hanging onto the back of Mark Webber before the first of the soft compound -shod cars were forced to pit. By lap 11, his patience had paid off and Perez found himself wedged in second place behind Webber and in front of Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso in third. But the real measure of Perez’ maturity was his handling of Vettel when being closed upon by the now four-time world champion. As the Red Bull racer sized Perez up for a pass, he resisted the urge to engage in his trademark aggressive defensive technique, instead allowing Vettel a clean pass. Little time was lost for either driver. This decision was as definitive as any other for Perez on Sunday afternoon, as it allowed him to bridge a gap to the drivers he was actually racing, laying the foundations for his eventual fifth place. “Unlike the past two or three weekends, I was finally able to enjoy a clean race without any bad luck!” said Perez. “Fifth place is a great result for me. Without question, I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but it’s always sweeter when you perform well while under pressure. I ’m extremely satisfied.” Perez has shown that he has the speed to take on Button at McLaren, but if he can replicate this Indian performance in the final three rounds, the Woking racers may finally have the kind of partnership they were hoping for when they took the bold decision to sign the young Mexican. In addition to his measured race approach, Perez pulled off a beautiful manoeuvre on the experienced pair of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, outfoxing both champions with expert precision. “In the closing laps, it was a fantastic feeling to get past Kimi [Raikkonen] and Lewis [Hamilton] in a single move,” recalled Perez. “I just braked as late as I could for Turn Four to try and keep Lewis behind – and I managed to do it.” Joining one of Formula One’s big four teams only to find himself in an underperforming car might have been a hard pill to swallow for Perez, but the experience appears to have served him well and may hold him in good stead should McLaren improve next year. “It’s been a tough season, but today’s result is a promising sign and really motivates the whole workforce ahead of the last three races,” Perez said. “I want to say big congratulations to Sebastian. He’s shown over the past few years that he’s a truly great champion. Now, I really hope we can fight against him next season!” Perez pitches for a podium 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> INDIA