Force India’s Sergio Perez is hoping to enjoy a strong second-half of the season, starting with a positive showing at this week’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The Mexican endured a difficult start to the campaign, as he failed to register a single point from the opening three races of the year in Australia, Bahrain and China.
The 26-year-old has bounced back from that slow start however, finishing in the points at seven of the last nine races before the summer break, including podium placings at the Monaco and European GP’s.
The former McLaren driver is now looking to continue that upward trajectory during the second-half of the campaign, starting in Spa this weekend, where he finished an impressive fifth 12 months ago.
He said: “We have been really strong in the last few races before the break and hopefully we can keep this form in the second part of the season.”
Force India are currently fifth in the Constructors’ Championship standings, 15 points behind fourth-placed Williams, and Perez believes the battle for fourth will give the team extra motivation during the rest of the campaign.
He added: “Being in the battle for fourth place in the championship gives us a lot of motivation and we approach every weekend knowing we can be strong.”
Perez has claimed five podium finishes during his Formula One career to date, and he is available at 151.00 to take the chequered flag for the first time at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.