(Motorsport-Total.com) – It is still unclear whether and where Sergio Perez will contest the 2020 Formula 1 season. After it was determined that Racing Point would replace him with Sebastian Vettel in the coming year, the Mexican is looking for a cockpit. Recently, there were signs of a possible move to Haas.
On the sidelines of the Sochi race weekend, Perez said just this: “Nothing has been signed yet, but there has definitely been some progress that we will see in the coming weeks. I don’t think anyone is in a rush at this point, either that Teams nor myself, so we’re still waiting. “
In general, he currently wants to concentrate on the current season and his performance at Racing Point. In Sochi, the 30-year-old finished fourth and was the only one in the field to receive an overall grade of 1 in our driver rating.
Stint on softs “the key to our race”
Perez himself sums up: “Except for the start, everything was good. On my side of the starting grid, I had absolutely no grip. As soon as I released the clutch, I went straight into a skid and lost position to the two Renaults.” He started the race from fourth on the grid and initially fell back to sixth.
“Fortunately we managed the soft tires very well in the first stint. That basically saved us the race,” analyzes the Racing Point driver, who completed the first 20 laps of the race on the softs.
“We were very close to Ricciardo, a tenth faster or slower, so we were more or less there. I think otherwise we would never have been able to overtake them. But this first stint, the management was the key to our race.” He put his overtaking maneuver against Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) on lap 13.
Even stronger with updates at the Nürburgring?
“I knew there would only be one try,” recalls Perez, “and when I got the chance, I tried to push Ricciardo because I saw he was struggling with his tires. It was therefore important to be able to overtake him soon. And it worked well, I’m satisfied. “
Unlike Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll, Perez has not yet been on the road with the latest updates on his car in Sochi. But the Mexican reveals: “The team is working really hard to get my car ready for the Nürburgring.” He hopes this will be another step forward.
“If we look at what was the maximum we could achieve here, we are 30 seconds away from Bottas (race winner in Sochi; general note) … So if we can find half a second, then we can stand on the podium. “
About the Nürburgring, where Formula 1 will host its eleventh race weekend from October 9th to 11th, the 30-year-old says: “It’s a track that I like, and I think it’ll be cold, rainy and snowy . I don’t know what to expect, but I will definitely bring my jacket. “