'Sweet reward' for under pressure Perez

Sunday 27-October-2013 12:54

Sergio Perez believes he proved with his display in India that he can deliver when under pressure after finishing fifth.

The McLaren driver started in ninth place, but an excellent strategy which saw him put in a long first stint on the medium tyres helped him to secure a season-best finish.

It is a welcome boost for the 23-year-old Mexican as there are question marks over his race seat for the 2014 campaign as McLaren are yet to confirm him.

"Unlike the past two or three weekends, I was finally able to enjoy a clean race without any bad luck!" he said.

"Fifth place is a great result for me. Without question, I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but it's always sweeter when you perform well while under pressure. I'm extremely satisfied.

"In the closing laps, it was a fantastic feeling to get past Kimi [Raikkonen] and Lewis [Hamilton] in a single move. I just braked as late as I could for Turn Four to try and keep Lewis behind - and I managed to do it.

"It's been a tough season, but today's result is a promising sign and really motivates the whole workforce ahead of the last three races, where we'll be doing our best to get more strong finishes under our belts."

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