(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)
Sahara Force India's Sergio Perez nearly quit Formula One after losing his drive at McLaren. The Mexican, who joined the Woking based squad from the Sauber F1 Team replaced Lewis Hamilton alongside Jenson Button at McLaren last season. Perez has bounced back however as he not only secured a drive with Sahara Force India, but he also gave the Silverstone based team their first podium finish since 2009 when he finished in third place behind the two Mercedes cars at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Speaking about last year, Perez said:
'When the McLaren decision came I was really frustrated with how things went, I said to myself it isn't for me. I was not willing to just go to anything.
He went on to say that 'This is Formula One and it changes your life from day to day'. His podium in Bahrain was the Mexican's fourth career podium in F1 as he was on the podium three times during his first season in F1 in the Sauber F1 Team in 2012. He was on the podium in Malaysia and nearly won the race but just missed out to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. He also picked up a podium at the Canadian Grand Prix and also the Italian Grand Prix.
Perez' result in Bahrain has helped Sahara Force India jump to second in the Constructor's championship, 67 point's behind Mercedes and three ahead of McLaren. So far this season, Perez has scored 14 more point's then he did at this point of last season with McLaren.
©Ben Johnston 2014