After a woeful start to his career as a Force India driver in Jerez last month, things did a complete u-turn for Sergio Perez as he ended his final two days of pre-season testing in Bahrain top of the timing sheets, As a result the Mexican travels to the season opening Australian Grand Prix with confidence.
Speaking to media at the end of day two at Sakhir, Perez said, “Today [Friday] was my last day [in the car] before Friday in Melbourne and to leave this test with a comfortable feeling in the belly makes me believe that we are in good shape for Australia.”
“In the last two days we’ve made great steps forward. And believe me: we needed days like these, as we’ve had a bag full of problems and so days like these go down very well.”
Two days at Jerez in January were problem packed and Perez could only manage a total of 48 laps in the VJM07. In contrast, during his last two days in Bahrain he managed 213 laps – ending each day fastest of all to boot.
Perez recalled, “Jerez was completely useless. And of course you start to mull over your situation when you see the massive changes, the first useless test and you know that you only have four days left to get a feeling for all these changes before you go racing. So it’s a bit of a relief, yes.”
“I really needed these last two days. Of course we have not eliminated each and every teething problem, but nobody has. It was so rewarding because we could raise our learning curve substantially.”
“And learning is what brings you forward in times like these where you have a completely new car to deal with. The team has done a fantastic job which has made us move forward – big time.”
“And when I look around I can say that under the circumstances we should be in good shape come Melbourne,” concluded Perez.
The Australian Grand Prix weekend, the 2014 F1 World Championship season opener, gets underway on Friday, 14 March with the first free practice of the year. (GP247)
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