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GP Week : Issue 195
sergio Perez and esteban Gutierrez put on a fiery display in sunday’s u.s. Grand Prix, the closest the two Mexican drivers in the field have to a home race, to thrill legions of fans from their home country who had turned out in force to support them. Perez, who headed into the weekend under a cloud after having been informed of McLaren’s decision to sack him for next season in the days leading up to the event, out-qualified and outraced his world champion teammate Jenson Button to come home seventh and claim a solid haul of points for the Woking racers. The 23-year- old got a good start, jumping ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso from seventh on the grid and soaking up intense pressure from the double world champion to keep him behind until the first round of pit stops, at which point Alonso managed to get ahead. “To be honest, I was expecting to achieve a little bit more than seventh today,” Perez said after the race. “I want to say a big 'thank you' to all my Mexican and American fans for the support they've shown me all weekend. “T hey came here to watch me perform, and, while I would love with all my heart to have given them a better result than seventh, it was still amazing to have their support throughout what has been a difficult – but very special – weekend.” Gutierrez, meanwhile, had started 20th after a ten- place grid penalty and pitted early under the Safety Car, hoping to benefit from an alternative strategy. The tactical gamble almost paid off for Gutierrez, the 22-year- old at one point running ahead of Alonso’s Ferrari, but the Sauber driver was unable to hang onto the position on his far older tyres and pitted for a second time on lap 36. In the end, he crossed the line in 14th place after a last-lap collision with the Toro Rosso of Jean- Eric Vergne – who the Sauber driver was trying to overtake for 12th – pitched him into the gravel. Vergne was handed a time -penalty following the race as stewards deemed the Frenchman responsible for the collision, dropping him down to 16th in the overall classification and promoting Gutierrez back up to 13th. “ We had to make up a lot of positions on track,” Gutierrez said. “I managed a good first lap. I made up a couple of positions and then, once the Safety Car was deployed, we decided to pit in order to put me on a different strategy to the other cars. “ We need to analyse the situation now and see how much we gained from that. I think all in all the problem came from the ten- place grid penalty, which made it complicated at the end.” Tex-Mex fans have little to cheer 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES