Sergio Perez Confident of Being Top Dog at Racing Point

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Perez and Stroll will be teammates in 2019 in a brand new team

Sergio Perez says he is not worried about becoming the number 2 driver at the team formerly known as Force India.

The 28-year-old Mexican has been at the Silverstone based team since 2014. But now Lawrence Stroll has arrived as the new team owner, and he has installed his own son Lance as Perez’s teammate for 2019.

Asked how that will alter his place in the team hierarchy, Perez answered: “I don’t think it will change.

“At the end of the day, the interests of all the team, even the team owner, is that the team is very successful,” he said.

“So for that you need both cars to be at 100 per cent and for the team to develop as quickly as possible.”

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

Therefore, Perez says he welcomes the arrival of Lance Stroll.

“He’s coming in to a great team with great people, great engineers, where he’s going to grow a lot. I see great things for the team,” he insisted.

“I think we have all the guidance, we just need the budget and I think we can be a massive surprise next year.”

This year will mark the Mexican driver’s sixth season with Racing Point, formerly known as Force India.

Perez has been instrumental in helping the team punch above their weight with back-to-back fourth places in 2016 and 2017.

This year they want more and hopefully break the top 3.

“Top three is the target,” he told FormulaRapida.

“It takes time, we are very far from the top three team in terms of pace, but that is the target to try to move up as soon as possible.

“It is not going to happen from night to day, but that is the target that is in the back of our minds.”

Last season he was the only driver outside Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull to reach the podium, doing so at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a P3.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez