Sergio Perez had admitted that the disappointment of losing his drive at McLaren, following a frustrating single season in 2013, almost forced him to quit Formula One at the end of last year.
The Mexican, who claimed his first podium finish for new team Force India – the third of his career – at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, revealed that after he was dropped by McLaren late last year he considered leaving the sport, before his new employers handed his F1 career a lifeline.
“When the McLaren decision came I was really frustrated with how things went,” said Perez. “I said to myself it isn’t for me. I was not willing to just go to anything.
“I really wanted to find the thing that motivated me to stay in F1 because otherwise I was willing to look for other options.
“But when the Force India came it was a straight forward decision, and we managed to do a deal.”
The Mexican’s credibility, which was at an all-time high following two podium finishes for Sauber in 2012, was hit hard after the disappointment of his year with McLaren.
However, Perez believes that his third place finish in Bahrain with new employer Force India is a sign of things to come this season for the Silverstone-based team, and has gone some way to restoring the promise that he had once shown in his Sauber days.
“This is Formula 1. “It changes your life from one day to another.
“Now that I look back I’m very proud of myself, and now it’s time to look forward.
‘We know in Formula 1 you go from hero to zero. And the opposite way as well.
“So now it’s time to look forward,” Perez added. “I have a very good experience from my time in McLaren and they made me a much better driver.
“But Bahrain was my first weekend of the year without having any issues, and there was some very encouraging pace. So now I am looking forward.”
“I think there’s more to come.”
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