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Perez targets another strong performance

Wednesday 16-April-2014 09:51

Sergio Perez hopes to have another strong weekend in China this week after finishing in third place in Bahrain earlier this month.

The Mexican earned Force India their second-ever podium - after Giancarlo Fisichella in 2009 at Spa - and his first since 2012 after coming out on top in a battle with Daniel Ricciardo at Sakhir two weeks ago.

With that result in mind, Perez hopes that he remains a podium threat in Shanghai later this week.

"To get the podium in Bahrain was great," he is quoted in a Force India press release.

"My last podium was a long time ago, so to fight at the front again feels good. We knew we were quick and I made sure I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

"It's a great result for this team and a big boost of confidence for me.

"The target is to move on, keep improving and target more podiums.

"Bahrain was the first real opportunity I had to develop the car through the weekend without any issues, so it felt like my season really started there.

"Now we need to think about how we can do better in China. At the same time, we must not get carried away because we know how competitive Formula One is and how things can change very quickly."

Although Perez heads into this weekend's Grand Prix in a confident mood, the Shanghai International Circuit isn't one he has excelled at before.

In the last two races there, he finished in 11th place on both occasions - with Sauber in 2012 and McLaren in 2013.

Nevertheless, Force India team owner Vijay Mallya, remains confident that they will be competing at the front end of the grid this weekend.

"I think we've shown in the first few races that we have produced a competitive car," Mallya said in the same press release.

"Bahrain was not just a one-off and we've been improving with each race.

"The aim is to repeat the podium, but each race is different and the field is so competitive that it's impossible to predict. Some tracks will suit us more than others, but I want to see us up there fighting towards the front."

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