The Mexican qualified an impressive seventh in Monte Carlo before a steady performance netted him six points on race day. Perez’ showing was all the more remarkable considering that Force India is yet to introduce its B-spec VJM08. Despite driving a car that clearly lacks the outright pace to trouble the points-paying positions, the 25-year-old has already scored on three occasions this year and is 11th in the drivers’ standings.
“I’m very positive at the moment,” says Perez. “I feel I’m driving at my best and getting the most from every race. Monaco was pretty much a perfect weekend in terms of maximising our potential.
“I don’t think I could have come away with more from that race. So it was a very satisfying result for the whole team.”
Coming off a strong Monaco performance, the ex-McLaren racer is confident he can extend the momentum to the demanding Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, a place Perez has always had a soft spot for.
“Montreal is one of my favourite tracks. I still remember my podium there in 2012 – that was such a special result.
“Montreal is a race where anything can happen and it’s quite unpredictable. You need to be brave and keep fighting all the way. I hope this year we can be strong once again. It’s definitely a power track where the engine counts for a lot and the circuit always produces a good race.”
Perez came close to pull off a stunning Canadian Grand Prix win 12 months ago only to be involved in a high-speed crash with William’s Felipe Massa in the closing stages of the race.
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