Sergio Perez: Force India F1 team personnel the equal of McLaren's

Sergio Perez says the level of engineering at Force India is equal to his previous Formula 1 team McLaren

Sergio Perez: Force India F1 team personnel the equal of McLaren's

The Mexican joined Force India this season after a mixed 2013 campaign with McLaren.

As a multiple F1 world champion outfit, McLaren is known for its high standard of engineering, but Perez reckons the quality of staff at Siverstone-based Force India is a match for its Woking rival, despite a relative lack of infrastructure and resources.

"I think the team itself has great people, big potential, and is very hungry," Perez told AUTOSPORT.

"We're always willing for success and to be at our best, which gives you a lot of motivation.

"All of the engineers are top class - the same level as McLaren, and McLaren is rated as having probably the best engineers in the sport."

Perez thinks Force India's lack of resources can sometimes help the team by forcing it to focus on the basics of racing, rather than getting wrapped up in complex data and engineering.

"In a way, things are a lot more simple," Perez added.

"They focus purely on performance and everyone is [always] trying to maximise everything."

Perez has scored mixed results again in the first part of this campaign, the highlight being a podium in April's Bahrain Grand Prix.

He reckons Force India would be challenging Williams for fourth in the constructors' championship but for the potential points he has lost to a handful of technical issues and on-track incidents.

"We, as a team, are doing a good job," he said.

"Unfortunately my season so far has been a bit up and down with some technical issues in the beginning of the year.

"I lost a race in Malaysia due to that, in some of the qualifying we had problems with electronics, and I've had some contact.

"In the end I should have at least 20 to 30 points more than what I have right now.

"So, there are frustrating things but the positive is the pace we're [consistently] showing in the races."

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