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Sergio Perez

Perez hoping Monza track record inspires strong weekend

Sergio Perez has had a run of poor form at recent races, with last weekend's recovery drive at Zandvoort only landing him an eighth-place finish. The Red Bull driver is hoping the friendly territory of Monza will help him get his season back on track.

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After a disappointing qualifying performance at the Dutch Grand Prix, which limited his chances on race day, Sergio Perez is hoping his track record at Monza results in a straightforward weekend.

Perez failed to get out of Q1 at Zandvoort, with a subsequent engine change leading to him starting from the pit lane.

Although the Mexican battled back to finish eighth in the race, he's hoping Monza will be kinder to him, having claimed points at the last seven Italian GPs, following on from a podium back in 2012.

"Generally, it has been a good track for me in the past," Perez told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.

"I've been on the podium here. It suits my driving. I've had good cars around, but there is always room to improve.

"I really hope this year, especially with the Sprint Qualifying, that things can go smooth and we can have a straightforward weekend and get back to the podium."

Earlier in the week, Max Verstappen said that he expects Mercedes to have the advantage in terms of straight-line speed at Monza, and Perez admits the Silver Arrows will be tough to beat.

"We are expecting Mercedes to be very strong," Perez added.

"Qualifying will be extremely close. It will be very important to do the best possible lap we can [in qualifying]."

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