Perez hails ‘special podium’

Sergio Perez is delighted to have ended his and Force India’s podium drought after finishing third in Bahrain.

In an ironic twist, Perez left Sauber for McLaren for the 2013 season hoping to challenge for race victories, but he didn’t finish on the podium once during his 12-month stint at Woking and was then dropped in favour of Kevin Magnussen.

However, it has taken him just three races with Force India to return to the top three as he finished on the podium for the first time since Italy 2012 while it is also Force India’s best result since 2009 when Giancarlo Fisichella finished second in Belgium.

“It has been a while since my last podium, it is very special for me. It is only my third race with the team but a very good one,” the Mexican said.

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