Force India driver Sergio Perez believes his team can finish third in the Formula One (F1) constructors’ championship in 2017. The team is well set to finish fourth place in the 2016 championship after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
“To move forward with the rule changes is our biggest opportunity, to try to get into the top three at the end of the year. Every year, we have been moving so I see good potential, good people.” Perez said, as reported by Autosport.
The 26-year-old assures that the budget of the team will be better in 2017. This will help in better upgrades and Force India can aim to look higher up in the constructors’ championship.
The man from Guadalajara, Mexico confirms however that the team still has to cut corners as they are not in the position of the big teams. However, there is potential and if everything falls into the right place, a top-three fight is possible.
Perez also stated that any key to success lies in the right technical path. Force India needs to focus on one in order to make the brilliant progress it has made since its inception by Vijay Mallya.
Budget is everything in the world of Formula One. However, Force India have time and again defied odds to better their constructors’ rankings every season. 2016 will be their best as the team based in Silverstone are well set to finish fourth.
Williams currently lie 27-point behind Force India in the constructors’ championship. They need to score more points in Abu Dhabi than they has managed in a single race this year to have any chance of surpassing Force India.
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Force India’s performance through the years
Vijay Mallya took over a struggling Spykar outfit in 2007 and re-branded it as Force India. The ex-Jordan team has since made outstanding progress every year.
With one race still remaining, 2016 remains Force India’s best performance.
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