MONTMELO – Sergio Perez believes that Force India is set for a difficult time at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix due to a lack of upgrades on the car and the nature of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Despite only completing two full days of pre-season running with the VJM08 car, the team has enjoyed a solid start to the 2015 season, picking up 11 points from the first four races.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Perez expressed his delight with the opening leg of the year, but believes that the team is in for a difficult race in Spain this weekend.
“I think the first four races have been better than expected,” Perez said. “To be 10 or 12 points behind Red Bull is a massive effort for us coming out of the first four races, so I think we need to be optimistic.
“Obviously, we’ve been lacking a lot of pace, so I think the effort that has been done in the first four races has been pretty special considering what the basic pace of the car is.
“I think this one is going to be a particularly difficult one for us considering Barcelona, how hot is the track and the level of downforce is what we’re lacking the most. I expect to have a difficult one, but on the other hand, not any more difficult than other weekends.
“So yeah, optimistic, but difficult when you don’t have any upgrades. I think some of the teams are bringing some upgrades, so let’s see what we can do.”
When asked by MotorSportsTalk if the team was focusing on damage limitation until the first major updates on the car could be applied at the British Grand Prix in July, Perez said that the team was still giving its all to fight up the grid.
“We have improved our car by quite a bit since the test, so in that respect, we should be better than we were here in the test,” he said. “Although we haven’t done any upgrades to the car, we’re learning about the car, and that’s positive.
“We’ve got some small tweaks to the rear of the car, so that’s something to try as well. We obviously are pushing very hard back at the factory, trying to bring the package altogether.
“We would love to have the package for Barcelona, which didn’t happen. I think Silverstone will be the first time we have a new package.”