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Perez expecting 'quicker' Sauber in India

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez could only finish 11th in Korea © Sutton Images

Sergio Perez expects Sauber to be quicker in the Indian Grand Prix than it was at the last race in Korea.

Neither Sauber driver managed to score points in Korea, with Kamui Kobayashi retiring and Perez finishing in 11th place. While the gap to Mercedes in the constructors' championship remained the same with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher also failing to score, it was a disappointing weekend for Sauber and Perez expects the C31 to be more competitive in India.

"I cannot believe we have only four races left, so the season will now end quite soon," Perez said. "To make up 20 points to finish fifth in the Constructors' World Championship means we have quite a job to do. The race in India should be a bit better for us than in Korea, and our car will be quicker there."

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said the battle with Mercedes would require Sauber to be consistently competitive for the remainder of the season.

"It is clear we want to score a lot of points, be it in India or at any of the remaining four races," Kaltenborn said. "Technically the track in Greater Noida should not be a problem for the C31, but it isn't our favourite either. We have to stay focussed and maximise our potential there."

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