Sergio Perez would like to emulate Fernando Alonso by racing in the Indianapolis 500.
However the Force India driver admitted he is reluctant to take time away from Formula One’s most famous race to do it.
“I certainly wouldn’t miss Monaco because for me Monaco is my favourite weekend in the whole calendar,” said Perez. “I wouldn’t miss Monaco, and normally you have that clash.”
“I’d like to do some other racing, I certainly have some interest in IndyCar. The Indy 500 certainly is one of the best races in the world so I’d definitely like to do some.”
Perez says Alonso will have a lot to learn when he switches codes but expects him to be competitive in his first start in the famous race.
“There is so much to learn in a completely new series,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for many years through the lower series as well, so [it would be] going to a completely new tyre, new characteristics, new ways of setting up the car, driving in the traffic.”
“But I think Fernando it’s one of his strengths, how he can manage the race situation. I think he’ll be really good on that. I think Indy really depends the last ten laps so I think he will be really good there.”
The Force India driver says his priority this weekend is ensuring he qualifies and starts well to be in with the best chance of scoring points.
“Basically the whole difference is getting a perfect qualifying, because if you don’t it’s the difference between P8 to P15. So having a great qualifying makes a huge difference to your weekend.”
“The first lap counts a lot as well. And just having a good strategy calls, executing a perfect weekend. Otherwise that’s the difference between scoring points and not scoring any points.”