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We are eyeing a top 5 finish next season: Sergio Perez

Published Dec 14, 2013, 1:07 am IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 11:52 pm IST
Paul di Resta
 Paul di Resta

New Delhi: New Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez is excited to be a part of a "young and hungry" team and said he along with partner Nico Hulkenburg will look to finish in top 5 next season.

"I am really looking forward to next year. We have a strong line-up and we would look to bring the team forward and show we are a strong opponent," Perez told reporters in a tele-conference.

"I think a good finish for Force India next season would be a top 5 finish. We are two competitive and young drivers. We both have a lot to prove. We are a very strong and hungry team. I expect ourselves to finish in top 5 and I'm looking forward to a very big challenge," he added.

The Mexican driver completed his move to Force India yesterday and will be joining Nico, who in turn is rejoining the Formula One team after a season with Sauber. Perez was hired to replace Lewis Hamilton in McLaren but within a year, the 23-year-old driver was sacked and replaced by Kevin Magnussen after he picked up just 35 points during 2013

"It was probably the worst possible year in McLaren. It was a competitive task and I could not improve myself in a top team. I believe one day I will have my chance," he said.

"I was informed by McLaren very late. So ya, there was a bit of uncertainty but I had few offers and I am glad it worked out well at last.

"Force India was my first choice and I am very much delighted to be a part of a young and hungry team like Force India. We have to dream big and set targets. The team is doing well and I am looking forward to do a good job," Perez added.

Asked about the new rule changes for the next season, Perez said: "It will make it a level playing field. It will be a close field. Sebastian (Vettel) will be a series contender for sure, no doubt about it. Let's see how things pan out but he will be a big player."

In a new rule change, Formula One has decided to award double points for the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi and Perez said it will make the race more challenging. "It is a new change of rules, for some it will be right, for some it will be wrong. It would be very interesting and important race. It will be a big challenge," he said.

India will not be hosting a race in the next season and Perez said he is disappointed. "I am disappointed but I really hope it comes back in 2015," Perez, who earned his highest point -- 10 points -- finishing fifth in India Open Grand Prix in October this year.



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