Perez ‘not really obsessed’ with securing top F1 seat

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Sergio Perez is open to moving up to a top Formula 1 team in the future, but says he remains focused on his current commitments with Force India.

Perez scored the fourth podium finish in Force India’s history two weeks ago in Monaco, perfecting his strategy to cross the line in third place.

Of the four that the team has scored, Perez is responsible for three of them, leading to speculation about a move up the grid in the future.

“You never know,” Perez said when asked about the possibility of a move to a bigger team.

“To be honest I’m not really obsessed with that. If that happened that would be a great opportunity to me and I really hope in the near future I can have the opportunity to be in a car that can give me the opportunity to win.

“But right now all I can do is to focus on this weekend, do my best for this one and then after this one think about Baku and whatever.

“The most important thing for me is to focus on the present and try to keep doing the job that I’ve been doing so far.”

Perez raced for McLaren in 2013, spending one difficult year with the British team before being dropped to make way for Kevin Magnussen, and also tested with Ferrari when racing in junior formulae.

Speaking about his podium finish in Monaco, Perez was quick to stress that it was largely due to the unique conditions and not representative of Force India’s pace.

However, the Mexican remains hopeful that the team can challenge Williams for fourth place in the constructors’ championship across the remainder of the season.

“Monaco was a very special race under certain conditions and to get into the points, everything worked perfectly for us: with the strategy; with all the calls that we did in Monaco,” Perez said.

“So it was a race under very special conditions. We are expecting something similar here for Sunday but you never know. I really hope we can carry the form.

“Probably podiums is not the realistic word for us at the moment but certainly continue the progress and keep scoring points and aim to beat Williams, which is the team ahead of us, which is going to be difficult.

“But I think we are making good progress and we are getting better and better every race.”