Sergio Perez relieved to have break after 'mentally tough' phase

Sergio Perez says he is relieved to have a break from Formula 1 after a “mentally tough” period, in which he has been involved in the future situation of the Force India team.

Force India entered administration on Friday and Perez, along with his backers, were one of the creditors who opted to commence proceedings against the team.

Perez stressed that he was prompted into the action in order to save the team, rather than motivated by any financial desires, and added that he was heart-broken at having to do so.

Force India’s off-track difficulties were matched by its on-track showing at the Hungaroring, an event at which is typically struggles, as Perez dropped out in Q1 and took only 14th in the race.

“It hasn’t been an ideal race for us, but we knew it was going to be a tough Sunday all along,” he said.

“We started from the back and chose to go with an aggressive strategy, but in the end we just didn’t have the pace to make it work.

“I had a good start but lost some places after touching with [Charles] Leclerc and after that it was always going to be difficult to recover on a circuit where overtaking is very difficult.

“I am glad we have the summer break now. The last few months have been tough mentally but I’m still here and I’m in the top 10 of the Drivers’ Championship.

“We will come back stronger after the holidays – all the off-track issues will have been settled down and we can come to Spa with the right approach and a stable environment around us.”