A right race, eighth winner? Should Formula 1 continue to offer such extraordinary statistics, Sergio Perez would be a hot candidate for victory. The Mexican just missed the top podium in the chaos race in Malaysia due to a driving error. In Canada he kept his cool and finished third on his own without any adverse circumstances. Will victory now follow in Valencia? 'The next goal is definitely a win,' said Perez. 'We definitely have a chance to win this season.'
One-stop tactic at Sauber is questionable
Whether that will be the case at the Grand Prix of Europe will work, but Perez is unable to predict. 'It could be very difficult for us here, especially on the rear axle - because of the brakes and lateral forces,' he says. 'But you never know.' He thinks a one-stop tactic like last year is unlikely. 'This year the car is not as gentle with its tires as it was last year.'
Even though Sauber is one of the tire whisperers, the Swiss team now seems to understand the tire mystery even better . 'It's about keeping the tires alive without having to slow down,' said Perez. For his team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, the key to the much-discussed tire wear is to have free travel and not get stuck in traffic.
In Valencia, Sauber does not have any new parts in its luggage. But they should follow before the summer break. In any case, the Sauber C31 prefers fast corners like those at Silverstone. And should it not work out with victory in Valencia, then maybe in Great Britain?