When he is given the chance of a podium place, you can always bet that Sergio Perez will be there, especially in difficult circumstances. A great strategy from the team, an ailing Nico Rosberg and retirement from Kimi Raikkonen meant that the Mexican was able to get to the front of the queue behind Hamilton and Ricciardo.
Keeping Vettel, his teammate and Nico Rosberg behind for the whole race, the team took the soft tyre compared to the ultrasoft and supersoft of the leaders and therefore guaranteed that they would be able to make it to the end of the race. Their tyres held on though, but it could have been an even better result for the Force India team.
Talking after the race, Perez said, “A podium in Monaco is a very special moment. It’s one of my best ever races, especially when you see how difficult the conditions were today: you had to concentrate so hard and it was easy to make a mistake.
“The key to my race was the strategy and we got things just about perfect today. The first difficult decision was when to fit the intermediate tyre and we delayed this as long as possible. The team said it was my call when to come in and it paid off because we managed to jump a couple of cars, including my teammate.
“The switch to dry tyres was another key moment because I pitted early, a lap before Rosberg and Vettel, and managed to jump ahead of them. The soft tyres worked really well, but I knew I needed to look after them and it wasn’t easy because there was pressure behind from Vettel for most of the race.
“Everybody in the team deserves this result and I want to dedicate this podium to Vijay Mallya in particular.”