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Perez draws a positive balance: & # 34; First test was a big shock & # 34;

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Perez draws a positive balance
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D he fifth year of Sergio Perez was the best. The 25-year-old Mexican finishes his second season with Force India with 78 points. More than ever in his career. Plus a podium at the GP Russia. His point yield reads as follows since 2011: 14-66-49-59-78. Perez also won the duel against teammate Nico H├╝lkenberg with 78:58. Only in training did the German lead 11: 8.

Still, Perez classifies 2015 as a 'pretty good year'. 'In 2012 I was on the podium three times. That was special. On the other hand, I was much more consistent this year than three years ago. And I'm a better driver than I was then.'

His best The race this season was the GP Russia. 'Not because I finished third there. The way there was special. I changed tires early on and then had to keep the tires alive until the end.' Perez added two more highlights to his list: 'Fifth place in Spa and seventh with the old car in Monte Carlo.'

Perez knot burst during the third training session in Spa

Keyword car. Perez can still remember the day when he sat in the new Force India VJM08 for the first time during the winter tests: 'That was a big shock. The car was even worse than we thought. But the team never gave up. We knew that we were all taking our chances, that we had to compensate a lot with strategy. '

' Nico finished seventh in Melbourne, I tenth. That gave us courage. We were also before the debut The B-Version finished fifth in the World Championship. Although Lotus had a better car than we did. That we made it strengthened my confidence in the team. During that time I decided to stay with Force India. '

Everything got better with the B version. But Perez had to wait until the Belgian GP to befriend the new VJM08. 'I had problems finding the right setup. We experimented a lot, we got bogged down. Then my accident in Budapest intervened. The turning point was the third practice session in Spa. I had everything changed on the car. And suddenly it worked it. '

The fifth place sets the bar for 2016 high. 'We want to improve,' says Perez and knows: 'It's a huge task for a small team like us. For that we have to approach Williams or Red Bull. And I expect next yearsome of our opponents stronger than this season. McLaren for example, Toro Rosso, and we shouldn't underestimate Haas F1 either. This is not really a new team. With their connection to Ferrari, they'll be a challenge from the start. '

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