Sergio Perez, Force India, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Perez thanks doctors after finishing sixth despite stomach infection

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez thanked his doctors after finishing in sixth place at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Force India driver has been suffering with a stomach infection throughout the race weekend and said he worried he would have to pull out of the event at one stage.

Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
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“It was probably the hardest race of my career on a weekend in which I feared I would need to give up,” he said. “It is an amazing result just to make it to the finish.”

“I just kept going out of willingness to do it and I have to thank the doctors for helping me out.”

Perez started well and overtook one of the McLarens soon afterwards, but was unable to keep Sebastian Vettel behind.

“Having a good start was the key to my race and so was passing [Stoffel] Vandoorne during the first few laps,” he said. “After that, I was able to manage my race and it was all pretty uneventful.”

“We were able to extend the first stint and manage our tyres well. I was only under pressure from Vettel, but that was not really my fight. We scored some more important points for the team and I am happy to come home with a good result after such a difficult weekend.”

“I hope to be back to full fitness in Japan,” he added.

Force India’s deputy team principal Robert Fernley praised Perez’s efforts. “Sergio drove a pretty much perfect race, despite being unwell, and sixth place is a wonderful reward for his perseverance over the weekend.”

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7 comments on “Perez thanks doctors after finishing sixth despite stomach infection”

  1. Seeing him struggle Fri and Sat and his demeanor on interviews – respect. Think of how one struggles when jetlagged and sick to have a light jog… well done to race those first few crucial laps & will himself to finish. Wish him well for Suzuka

  2. So that’s the second one with health problems. As i understand Verstappen too felt pretty uncomfortable this weekend.
    ( not showing in interviews)

    1. Max looked drained. Gasly was apparently up to task, it’s true that this is a big challenge but the drivers are so well prepared these days. Perez did admirably.

  3. Fantastic effort, in a car with half the budget if those around him.

    1. Force India pretty much had the fourth fastest car though.

  4. Respect. The poor guy looked white as a sheet in post race interviews but still put in a great drive.

  5. Amazing driver

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