Perez “extremely motivated” for new F1 season

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Following a solid first season with Force India in 2014, Sergio Perez is feeling extremely motivated for the new Formula 1 season and believes that the team’s hunger can take it further up the grid.

Perez was dropped by McLaren after just one season at the end of 2013, but found refuge at Force India in a move that he told MotorSportsTalk was a “blessing in disguise”.

The Mexican driver finished on the podium in just his third race for the team in Bahrain, and eventually finished tenth in the championship ahead of his McLaren replacement Kevin Magnussen.

For 2015, Perez says that he feels rejuvenated after taking the winter off, telling the team’s website that he is raring to go for the new season.

“It’s always important for me to take a break from my normal routine and return to Mexico to recover from the season,” Perez said. “I have been doing some training, but the main priority is always to relax a bit and have some quiet days with my family.

“It’s good to have a holiday, but I have missed sitting in my Formula 1 car. It is the best feeling in the world and I can’t wait to try my new car. My motivation is extremely high.”

Despite not matching the points haul of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in 2014, Perez feels that he embedded himself within the team and has forged a good relationship with his crew, boding well for the new year.

“I learned how to work in a different environment and to make the most of every resource available to me,” Perez said when asked to reflect on 2014. “As soon as I arrived I could see huge potential and I knew we could achieve great things if we continued working with the same approach.

“Everybody knows their job and all the energy is focused on taking the team forward,” he added. “I saw the emotion in Bahrain when we finished on the podium.

“It gave everybody a taste of success, and we want to experience it again and again. I believe the hunger here is as strong as in any other team.”

Perez will get his first taste of the new Force India car, the VJM08, at the second pre-season test in Barcelona next month.