Sergio Perez sees his accident during qualifying for last year's Monaco Grand Prix as a watershed moment in his career.

10238 - Monaco crash was a 'watershed event' - Perez

Perez crashed heavily at the harbour chicane during the final session of qualifying last year and was hospitalised for two days. He then pulled out of the following round in Canada after feeling unwell in first practice before making his full return at the European Grand Prix.

"Of course I think back to the accident I had in Q3 last year," he said. "To me it is like a watershed event in my career. There is a time before and a time after the accident. I learnt a lot from what I had to go through and I think it made me stronger. I really want to show what I can do in Monte Carlo."

Perez is confident Sauber can continue to build on its recent form at next weekend's race.

"This grand prix is the most special one for me. I have been waiting to race in the Monaco Formula One grand prix all my life and, of course, after what happened last year I am looking forward to it even more. I strongly believe on this track the driver can make more of a difference than on any other track. As a team we are in good shape and I want to keep that momentum for Monaco. I also think our car can perform quite well on that unique city circuit."

Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi is also confident.

"I have good memories of Monaco," he said. "I finished fifth there last year, which was really great. Monaco is a very special track for the drivers. Our car seems to be strong on most of the tracks. Now it will be interesting to see how competitive it will be on a street circuit, but I'm quite confident it will be strong there as well. In Monaco a lot of things can happen, therefore it's important to stay out of trouble and make it to the end. If we do that then I'm sure we will be able to fight for points."