Sergio Perez does not go along with the widely-held view that the Monaco Grand Prix is the toughest race on the Formula One calendar.
“It’s not the most difficult circuit,” said Perez, “but if you get it wrong, you get punished.”
Perez was injured in a crash on his first visit to Monaco in 2011 and was unable to start the race. He is yet to score a point at the track, but was running fifth when brake failure put him out in 2013.
He considers Monaco a track where the contribution from the driver matters more. “I enjoy the challenge of Monaco and I believe that the driver can make more of a difference compared to other circuits,” he said.
“To be quick you have to take some risks, push the limits, and kiss the walls. I enjoy the quick parts of the lap – the swimming pool section and Casino Square. It’s all about being accurate and precise.”
“When you get together the perfect lap it feels great,” he added. “That’s why I think it’s the one race where there is a chance to do something extra special.”