Sergio Perez has lauded his Force India team and car in the wake of his first podium for the team and his own first trip to the rostrum since 2012.
“This podium is an amazing achievement and one of the most special results in my whole career.” beamed the Mexican, who overcame a challenge from team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, both Williams and both Red Bull cars and the McLaren of former team-mate Jenson Button to take his fourth F1 podium finish.
“This is a massive confidence boost, especially after the very hard season I had last year, and it was the hardest-fought podium I ever had. It was an amazing feeling to cross the line because the last few laps were very difficult.
I had to keep up the pace and I knew the Red Bulls were coming. In the end we managed to stay ahead and score this very special result in only my third race with the team.”
Thanks to Perez’s podium and 5th place for Hulkenberg, Force India now place 2nd in the constructor’s championship fight behind the dominant Mercedes. The podium was the team’s first since Giancarlo Fisichella finished 2nd in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.