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Perez targets British podium

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez: "I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there" © Press Association
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Sergio Perez is targeting his third podium finish of the season for Sauber at next weekend's British Grand Prix.

While Perez's first podium came in the wet/dry Malaysian Grand Prix, he displayed Sauber's full potential to come through the field from 15th to third in Canada. After a slightly disappointing ninth place in Valencia, Perez believes Sauber will be strong at Silverstone and hopes he can continue his own good form at the circuit.

"I really like the Silverstone circuit," Perez said. "I have won there in Formula 3 and in GP2 and also last year my first Formula One race was good. I came seventh and this was actually my best race result in 2011. Back then it was a crazy race in difficult weather conditions with the track drying. I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there."

Perez highlighted qualifying as a key area where he would need to improve to achieve a top three finish, having started the last two races in 15th place.

"In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in Valencia, therefore qualifying is high priority on the job list. I need a better grid position than recently. I like the fast and fluid corners a lot, so this is a very enjoyable part of the track. The race in Silverstone is a special Grand Prix - because of the fans and the atmosphere and also for me personally. I lived in Oxford for three years and I have quite a few friends in England."