Hard work pays off for Perez

Date published: May 25 2015 - Editor

It wasn't a headline-grabbing display, but Sergio Perez is delighted that his "straightforward" race yielded some very good points for Force India.

The delayed launch of their VJM08 meant the Force India drivers were mostly battling for scraps when it came to points in the first five races, but Perez produced an excellent performance in Monaco on Sunday.

He qualified P7 and then had a very "quiet" race around the streets of Monte Carlo to pick up six points for the Silverstone squad.

"I'm very happy. As a team we’ve done a fantastic job all weekend and seventh place is the result of all this hard work," the Mexican said.

"For me it was a normal race – very straightforward and quiet, which is strange for Monaco. I was racing on my own for most of the race because the cars ahead were able to pull a gap on me and I had space to the cars behind.

"It was difficult to keep concentration for 78 laps, but after the safety car I was on fresh supersoft tyres and it was really good fun. I was able to attack Kimi [Raikkonen], but there wasn’t an opportunity to get the position."

The seventh place helped Force India to move ahead of Lotus and Toro Rosso in the standings.

"It’s a very important result for the whole team and gives us six points for the Championship," he said. "It means I’ve scored points in half the races this season, which shows we’ve done a good job of maximising our opportunities."