Sergio Perez says he is delighted to have secured a surprise podium for Force India at the Monaco Grand Prix after what he described as an ‘amazing day’.
Perez took advantage of staying out on fresher Intermediates to jump ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and held on with soft tyres to take his third podium for Force India and the sixth of his career.
“I’m extremely happy, because my team has done a tremendous job with the strategy, with the calls and the pitstops,” says Perez.
“It’s been an amazing day for us. It’s my third podium with the team, so a very special one to have in Monaco, especially in these race conditions.”
Perez pitted one lap earlier than Sebastian Vettel for soft tyres, which he used to jump ahead of the Ferrari and hold on, despite coming under late pressure.
“I think we did the right calls,” says Perez. “I think the best time for us was with the softs at the end.
“I was controlling the pace at the beginning, but Sebastian [Vettel] had a lot of pace, was a lot faster than us. But I managed my tyres and when I needed to push I had the tyre left. So it was an amazing race, really, with all the calls and everything so I’m extremely happy.”
Perez gave special thanks on the podium to the team’s embattled owner, Vijay Mallya.
“I want to dedicate this podium to our boss, Vijay Mallya. He has been very supportive during these times and I really want to dedicate this one to him.”
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