Perez preparing for vital weekend

Tuesday 12-November-2013 13:03

Sergio Perez has targeted a strong result in at the Circuit of the Americas in what he regards as the "most important weekend of the year".

The McLaren driver is expected to have a large number of supporters in Austin, with many Mexican fans making the trip north for the race weekend.

Perez has been rumoured to be on the verge of being replaced by Kevin Magnussen after a disappointing season partnering Jenson Button, but the Mexican is eager to prove his class to the Woking-based team in Texas.

"Texas is on the border with Mexico, so the venue provides the perfect opportunity for many Mexicans to make the trip to Austin for a taste of Formula 1," he said.

"Last year, I was really overwhelmed by the level of Mexican support - you could see the grandstands full of Mexican flags, and the fans that I met were all really passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

"For me, this will be the most important weekend of my year, and I'll be especially keen for a strong result to send my fans back home with a smile on their faces. I think we've shown some solid improvement and greater understanding of our car over the past few races, yet, frustratingly, both Jenson and I have had few opportunities to really demonstrate what the car is capable of.

"I'd love another chance of a race like India, where I was able to push throughout the entire race and get some strong points for the team."

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh echoed Perez's statements, saying that he expects the Mexican to raise his level of performance in front of a supportive crowd.

"For Checo, the weekend will be a busy and important one - it's the closest he gets to his home in Mexico, and he's naturally excited and looking forward to the amount of local support and expectation that will be focused on him across the weekend," he said.

"He will respond to it very well, I'm sure."

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