Having delivered another steady and error-free race in difficult weather conditions, Perez was on course for a third top-three finish this year after Monaco and Baku when he was overhauled by the charging Red Bull on the penultimate lap at Interlagos.
“What a fun but tense race!” the Mexican said. “It’s a shame to lose a podium place in the last two laps, but Max just had a different pace: he was the fastest on track and there was nothing I could do to keep him behind.
“Even though I am a bit disappointed, we can still celebrate a great race and an incredible result, especially considering the conditions we had out there today. Just getting to the finish line on a day like this feels like a victory, and to bring home fourth is a very important result.”
“It was so easy to make mistakes,” Perez added. “You risked aquaplaning at any moment – every time I crossed the finish line I had a breath of relief.
“It’s a big result, not only for me, but also for the team as it brings us important points for the battle for fourth place. A lot can still happen in Abu Dhabi, but we can be happy about this result.”
Force India heads to the season final at Yas Marina Circuit with a comfortable 27-point cushion over Williams in the fight for fourth in the Constructors’ championship.