Date published: September 27 2018
Sergio Perez has said he has already moved on from his disastrous Singapore Grand Prix and is ready to make amends in Russia.
The Mexican qualified best of the rest at the Marina Bay circuit, but his very good work in qualifying was undone come Sunday.
Perez collided with team-mate Esteban Ocon on the very first lap, which saw Force India reintroduce team orders, before deliberately hitting Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin that he was somewhat unfortunate to only receive a drive-through penalty for.
As Force India came away from Singapore with zero points, Perez is hopeful he can help repair the damage at Sochi.
“I was very disappointed with the result in Singapore, but dealing with difficult days is part of the job,” Perez said.
“I have turned the page already and I am looking forward to Sochi, where I am sure the outcome will be very different. I can’t wait to get back in the car and get the points the team deserves.
“I am feeling positive about this weekend and I think we’ll be competitive. Singapore did not bring us the result we expected but the performance and balance of the car were very good.
“If we can carry that pace forward to Sochi, we should expect a strong result. I think the new upgrades still have some potential to unlock and hopefully we will be able to do so in Russia.”
Ocon also believes that Force India’s recent upgrades can help give the team an edge over their midfield rivals.
He added: “We had a terrible weekend in Singapore, leaving empty-handed despite having a great car and the pace to score well, so I am determined to bounce back immediately in Russia.
“We have made some improvements with our upgrades so I think we will be competitive once again in Sochi. We can score points with both cars and we will work hard to achieve this.”