Before the beginning of ongoing season, winter testing days suggested that Sauber were having a great car and could be fighting further up the field. It all started in the way they expected with a double points finish from Kobayashi and Perez making full use of their usual one-stop trick with Perez managing to vault from 22nd on the grid.
When we headed to Malaysia, it was raining, Perez was called for immediate pit stop for full wets when drivers were struggling in inters which proved too heavy for the treacherous conditions prevailed. After the race being red flagged he started the race in second and had a stunning drive almost beating Fernando Alonso for victory.
Since then though Sergio Perez couldn’t convert his good display of form in qualifying to a strong finish with falling short of points in every occasion finishing thrice in eleventh and a retirement in Spain. Action-packed weekend for Perez in Monaco with some shake ups in qualifying but starting alongside Maldonado in the last grid meant he had his work cut out. Though the streets were a massive challenge for overtaking he did some smart driving to finish just behind points.
Experts suggested Williams and Sauber were having the best cars in terms of aerodynamics and if they’d a world champion under their belt they would achieve massive feats. Perez not being a world champion has the swagger to be one.
Putting that aside, going into the race weekend Sergio insisted that Circuit at Montreal doesn’t suit the likes of C31 with its low down force and long straight nature. He was quite optimistic of doing well and pressure was on him having not finished in points since his career best runner-up in Malaysia.
Into the race weekend, Qualifying was plagued by mistakes and he ended up down in 15th to start the race. He was committed to be a one-stopper where most of front line runners decided to do so. Until 41 laps he had the softs bolted after taking advantage on tyre choice when starting outside top 10. After some pretty neat passes without hurting the tyres he envisaged a podium when drivers in front of him couldn’t cope with the older rubber.
With few final laps to go he took his chance on Fernando Alonso who narrowly denied him the victory in Malaysia to finish behind Romain Grosjean in third. In the season of thrills and spills, Sergio’s podium put Sauber within 11 points of fifth place Mercedes GP in the constructors’ world championship.
The Mexican driver is a pure-bred racer and will take his chances as it appear. In only his second season running, he was able to achieve phenomenal heights and no wonder if he goes for victory in the events to come if the conditions come alive in his favour.