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Perez’ Fastest Lap shows driver competitiveness

Sauber F1 Team driver Sergio Perez takes this week’s DHL Fastest Lap despite a drive-through penalty, racing from the back of the grid to finish 11th.

In only his second year on the Formula 1™ circuit, the young Guadalajaran Sergio Perez has continued to impress, and last weekend was no different at the historic Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2012, a race every driver dreams of winning. The Circuit de Monaco leaves little room for error and the passing opportunities are few and far between, meaning that driver concentration and precision are paramount.

After a rough qualifying that left him at the back of the grid, Perez fought his way forward with a competitiveness that is becoming the hallmark of this 2012 season, which has now seen six winners and six fastest lap drivers in as many races – a first in F1’s 62-year history.

A spirited effort

Qualifying in Monaco is considered crucial – more so than in other races because overtaking is next to impossible. Despite his difficult starting position, Perez made some excellent passing maneuvers that brought him up to mid-field and in contention to score points toward the drivers’ championship. A late pit stop call changed that, though, as the Sauber pilot made a move that seriously affected Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen, resulting in a drive-through penalty for the former and ultimately a missed opportunity to gain the points that are crucial in a season with tight driver standings. But the Sauber driver continued a spirited fight; the fastest driver on the track for long periods of the race, he raced the day’s fastest lap shortly thereafter.

While Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber – the 2011 DHL Fastest Lap winner – won the race from the pole position, Perez had to settle for 11th place on the day. But the speed and tenacity he displayed on the streets of Monaco, not to mention 22 points in the drivers standing and now a fastest lap under his belt, show that this young Mexican’s competitiveness is not to be overlooked.

DHL & Formula 1

Just like the Grand Prix de Monaco, the logistics business is a high-speed, high-stakes race that DHL competes in every day. And there is little margin for error. Stay with us as we honor F1’s fastest and faultless drivers each week in the race for the DHL Fastest Lap Award.