Perez looking for top team break ‘soon’ after ‘best season’ in 2016


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Sahara Force India‘s Sergio Perez feels as though he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves – and that he is ready for a move to a top team.

In what was the Silverstone-based Force India’s best season to date, the Mexican driver played a key role in helping them to their fourth place finish in the Constructor’s Championship, ahead of last year’s third place team, Williams Martini Racing. Perez also finished in seventh place in the Drivers standings.

Perez felt as though people do not give him the recognition he deserves, despite his strong performances in this year’s championship.

It’s complicated, sometimes frustrating,” he told Motorsport.com. “You give it all, you have excellent results and a lot of the time you don’t get the credit you deserve.

To get the results I achieved this year has been incredible and even then there are people who question my potential. I hope the opportunity [to drive for a top team] comes soon.”

With the constant stream of new talent and young talent coming into Formula 1, Perez knows that he needs to make a move soon to a top team, otherwise he may lose his chance of contending for championships.

I feel very ready [for a top team]. Without a doubt I’m at the best moment to be in a top team.”

Despite his despondency about how he is viewed as a driver, Perez did seem pleased with his performance this season – claiming that it was his “best season without a doubt“, having scored points in ten consecutive races.

In the positions that we usually start the races from is very easy to have incidents and we didn’t have the level to be in the points, so achieving that shows that it was my best year,” he commented.