Sergio Perez says Force India must target another fifth place finish in the constructors championship next year, although he admits it won’t be an easy task for the Silverstone outfit.
Force India secured its best ever championship result this season, finishing only behind Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams. Perez himself had a terrific year, something he described as the best of his F1 career.
The Mexican now wants Force India to build on its recent success, or at least consolidate its position in the standings.
“The expectations are really high after what we did in 2015: repeating our fifth place must be our minimum target, even though it will not be easy, and we have to aim higher,’’ Perez said.
“ It’s going to take a big effort to do that, and it’s important to be competitive right from the start of the season, in those first rounds where everything can happen.
“There will be a lot of teams out there trying to beat us but I know we can see them off and put a challenge to the ones ahead of us,’’ he added.
Asked what was his highlight of the year, Perez chose racing in front of his home crowd as the particular moment.
“There are so many memories that will stay with me after 2015. Surely, the podium in Russia is a big moment, but nothing beats racing in front of my home crowd in Mexico,’’ he said.
“What I felt during the drivers’ parade in Mexico City cannot be put down in words – waving at the fans and feeling all their support was something unlike anything I have ever experienced in my career.”
The 2016 F1 season begins in Australia on March 20.
by Rachit Thukral