Sergio Perez heads into Force India’s last race with its current package before car upgrades at Silverstone with one notable improvement: he’ll have a new power unit this race.
The Mexican, who has scored several points finishes this season and previously told NBCSN going into Montreal that he was surprised with the pace considering the lack of upgrades, now feels he can make an even bigger step forward in Austria this weekend.
“It’s an upgraded one and here is a good place to have a new engine,” Perez told assembled reporters in Austria. “This track is important on the engine, and hopefully it can give us a good boost and we can be in a better position with this new engine.”
Perez did quite well in Austria a year ago. He finished sixth, and set the fastest race lap.
After an 11th-place result in Montreal, where he was outperformed by teammate Nico Hulkenberg, Perez thinks the engine should pay dividends this weekend.
“Obviously a new engine would definitely have helped but I don’t think it was a big concern,” he admitted. “I expect to have a little bit of a gain with the new engine so this track is similar or even higher engine related to Montreal so it’s still a good place to have a new engine.”
As Perez outlined, getting points now before the upgrades come at Silverstone will be pivotal for Force India’s standing in the Constructor’s Championship.
“We’re going to have it for Silverstone, we will be doing some testing with some of the parts of the new spec,” Perez said.
“The main upgrade will come to Silverstone. It’s definitely very good news as it’s only one race left and hopefully we can score points this weekend then aim for a much better second half of the year with an upgraded car.”