McLaren driver Sergio Perez says he is ready to scrap for points again in next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Perez admits that McLaren won’t be fighting towards the front in Monza but is eager to return to the top 10 after a below-par performance in Belgium.
Perez has finished in the points five times this season, with a best finish of sixth in Bahrain.
He has amassed 18 points and sits in 12th place in the world championship.
“After the disappointment of Spa, where we had the pace to score points, I’m keen to get another shot,” he said.
“As in Hungary and Belgium, we don’t expect to have a car that’ll be capable of fighting right at the front, but I hope we’ll be scrapping for points positions. That’s always fun, because then it’s really down to the team and the driver to maximise every opportunity on the day.”
“When you’re racing hard like that, a good lap in quali or a clever strategy in the race can make all the difference to your result – and that’s great to experience. So, as always, I’ll be looking to push on every lap.”
Perez finished in second place during last year’s Italian Grand Prix, while driving for Sauber.
McLaren will celebrate their 50th anniversary during next weekend’s race.
“We have some special events and surprises planned to mark our anniversary, but it’ll be Monza itself that will make the weekend unique,” added team principal Martin Whitmarsh.