Perez braced for painful start to 2015

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez says that Force India is braced for a 'painful' start to 2015 after a disrupted pre-season period.

Perez's squad did not introduce its new car until the final batch of pre-season tests and while the VJM08 ran reliably, Perez is aware that the team is behind its rivals.

Force India enjoyed a positive start in 2014 - scoring over 50 points across the first four races - but the Mexican is aware that this year will be a different prospect.

"We are not where we were expecting to be in terms of pace for the first race, but we have got to look forward," said Perez.

"It's going to be a painful start of the year, but I am sure we will get to where we want to be very soon. From the start of the season in general, we are not expecting big things. If we are able to score a couple of points from here up to Europe, that will be a mega job from the team."

Perez added that Force India's key asset is likely to be the advantage it enjoys by running a Mercedes power unit.

"We have the best engine at the moment so in that respect we should have some advantage from that one," he said.

"But I think the team is just working very hard to bring the parts that we really need for the season."

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