Force India must address “weaknesses” with 2017 car – Perez

Sergio Perez says he remains optimistic for the season ahead, despite admitting Force India has found weaknesses with its VJM10 car that are “quite critical” to remedy.

Force India must address “weaknesses” with 2017 car – Perez
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM10, runs wide
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1
Sergio Perez, Force India, in cockpit, in the pit lane
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM10
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM10

Speaking to reporters in Barcelona today, Perez – who was eighth fastest, 2sec off the pace – said its testing programme hadn’t gone to plan.

“We had a lot of interruptions,” he said. “Once with an early brake failure and then a couple of red flags, which [meant] we didn’t quite get our programme done, but I think we’re learning. We learned a lot once again.

“I think today the team has found a lot of the weaknesses that we have with the car, which is quite critical, and I think it’s just a matter of time before we sort them out, because I think it is quite easy to sort those issues.”

The 27-year-old Mexican, who last year finished as top driver outside of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, believes the true pecking order is yet to emerge in terms of 2017 car performance.

“I’m optimistic,” he said of Force India’s chances. “As always, it’s not important where you are in testing in Barcelona, its where you end up in Abu Dhabi, the last race.

“So very optimistic for the season and still a long way to go. I think tomorrow with Esteban [Ocon, his new teammate] and obviously with me in the final day we will have a lot of idea on where we stand.”

Fears over Melbourne fixes

When asked if Force India has time to rectify all the problems it’s identified in time for the season opener, he replied: “Obviously the team is pushing very hard to try to get some upgrades for Australia.

“Especially those upgrades which are probably easy to fix, but it just takes time.

“So hopefully we can fix most of them for Melbourne and, if not, by second or third race we should be already on a good level.”

Additional reporting by Oleg Karpov

shares
comments
Verstappen insists Renault "on top" of engine problems
Previous article

Verstappen insists Renault "on top" of engine problems

Next article

Alonso: Bad year will not force me out of F1

Alonso: Bad year will not force me out of F1
Load comments
The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes Prime

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Prime

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Prime

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Motorsport.com's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer Tim Wright explains.

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021