Date: 24th June 2011 at 6:53pm
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Sergio Perez returned to his Sauber in Valencia earlier today for Friday free practice and the Mexican felt a lot more comfortable than he did in Canada a couple of weeks ago.

Four weeks ago Perez suffered concussion when he crashed during Monaco Qualifying. He spent two evenings in hospital, missing the Grand Prix and was set to return at the Canadian Grand Prix having previously been passed fit by the FIA medical examiners.

However once in Montreal and back in the car, the rookie felt ill and he later withdrew from the race.

McLaren’s reserve Pedro de la Rosa was drafted into the car just ten minutes prior to the second practice session that weekend and went on to finish 12th in the race.

But after a couple of weeks extra recovery time, Perez now feels ready to race and take his car back from de la Rosa.

‘More than anything I’m happy to be back in the car, Everything went okay, I feel well and I have done a lot of work over the last weeks to get there. I picked up speed quite quickly and this is good.’ Perez told Autosport Magazine.