Force India’s Sergio Perez has revealed that he faced a massive physical challenge during the final Malaysia GP as he remained to feel under the weather after being on the drip overnight on an intravenous drip.
Despite feeling unwell, Perez finished a very creditable sixth, the final car not to lapped in Sunday’s race, in what is seen as the toughest race of the season, alongside Singapore.
Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley said “Sergio drove a pretty much perfect race, despite being unwell. Sixth place is a wonderful reward for his perseverance over the weekend.”
It is reported that the Mexican was struggling to breathe during Friday’s practise sessions and still felt unwell during qualifying, and was then put on an intravenous drip overnight ahead of the race.
Perez admitted that there were moments during the weekend when he considered pulling out of the event.
Speaking to motorsport.com, Force India Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnaufer said “He didn’t feel great.”
“I think this sickness is going around. He said after [the race] he wanted to stop but just kept going.
“He did what he had to and finished it. He said it was the hardest race of his career. I can understand why.
“It’s not easy when you are feeling fit in this heat and humidity and when you’re unfit its got to be really hard.”
With the Japanese Grand Prix happening this weekend, Szafnauer is expecting Perez to be back to full fitness during the course of the week, ready for Friday.