Sergio Perez says that he would hold on to his drive regardless of a fitness issue and race on even if it meant suffering.
The Force India driver was alluding to Pascal Wehrlein's predicament, with the Sauber driver pulling out of the first two races of the 2017 season because of an insufficient fitness level.
"I hope it really is just a fitness problem for Pascal and nothing worse," Perez told Auto Motor und Sport.
"Hopefully, he will soon be fit again."
Wehrlein's troubles reminded the Mexican of a similar problem he encountered in his first season of Formula 1 racing in 2011 when he was also a Sauber driver.
Perez suffered a huge crash during the season and was forced to sit out the following race despite the fac t that he was determined to drive.
"I respect Pascal's decision," Perez said.
"But I would not leave my car to anyone. Even if you're suffering in the car, you try to get the best out of it.
"After my accident I had to suffer until the summer break, which was four or five races."
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