Perez: Points possible for Force India in Monaco

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Force India driver Sergio Perez has not given up hope of scoring points in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, believing that anything is possible around the streets of the principality.

After falling behind in the development race and failing to bring any major updates to the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago, Force India struggled to its worst result of the season so far as Perez finished in 13th place ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in 15th.

The team has pushed back its major upgrade package until the British Grand Prix at the beginning of July, but Perez still believes that points are possible in Monaco this weekend.

“Monaco always offers the opportunity to make it into the points,” Perez said. “At the end of the day it only matters here on Sunday. You need a bit of luck to be positioned well in the race.

“Barcelona was our poorest point of the season, I hope. That was extremely poor for our level of competitiveness so I think Monaco and the coming races should be quite a bit better for us.

“We should be in the fight for the points.”

The Force India VJM08 car has been particularly weak in fast corners so far this season, making the tight and twisting nature of the Monaco street circuit giving Perez a reason to be hopeful.

“Here you need downforce, you definitely need a lot of that,” Perez said. “It’s a very efficient track, mechanically you don’t have the high speed corners that are no good for us or the big lateral corners where you stress the car.

“You have super-soft tires and the walls. If we’re not too far off the driver can also make a bit of a difference. I’m optimistic and I hope we can make it in the fight for points.”