Sergio Perez believes a partnership with British sportscar maker Aston Martin will drive Force India forward, given the current financial constraints of the Silverstone-based squad.
Aston Martin has been considering an entry into Formula 1 for some time, with a potential engine re-badging deal with Red Bull/Mercedes making headlines earlier this year. However, after those negotiations fell through, Aston started discussions with Force India and Williams, with the former emerging as a prime candidate.
If the deal goes through, the team’s ability to raise sponsorship will increase, adding to an otherwise lean budget. Johnnie Walker has already been linked as a major sponsor, with the whisky brand growing increasingly frustrated with McLaren’s poor form, the team it has been linked with for a decade.
The increased budget - along with the opportunity to race for a manufacturer - makes Perez excited about what’s in store in the coming years at ‘Team Silverstone.’
"To do the next step, we need a better budget," Perez told reporters during the media day in Sao Paulo. "I believe in this team. I know the plans for the team next year so I think we're in a good position.
"It's a big brand and you always aim to be linked to big brands, to big manufacturers. So if Aston comes, as a racing driver, it will be something very very nice,’’ he added.
In the interim future, Perez is occupied with sealing fifth place in the constructors championship, the highest ever finish for Force India since they took over Spyker in 2008.
"Hopefully we can secure fifth in the constructors' championship, which is the priority this weekend. Next year we have to improve that. If we finish fifth this year, we have to finish fourth in 2016 – and that's a big ask for us. The gap right now is quite big,’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral