Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Perez ready to prove himself again

Sunday 15th December 2013

 RSS

Share:

Perez ready to prove himself again

Perez ready to prove himself again

Sergio Perez has to do it all over again and show F1's top teams what he is capable of at Force India, but he is confident he will pull it off.

Having secured a race seat at McLaren this year on the back of two excellent seasons at Sauber, things didn't go according to plan for the Mexican at Woking.

With the team failing to produce a car that could challenge at the front of the grid, Perez finished 11th in the standings with a fifth place in India his best performance of the campaign.

McLaren then decided to replace him with rookie Kevin Magnussen and that gave Force India the chance to snap up the 23-year-old for the 2014 season.

Asked by Sky Sports Online if he now has to prove himself again, he replied: "Yeah, yeah, of course. To prove myself to the top teams once again. I did it last year so I don't see any reason why I cannot do it again. I have confidence in my talent and I know what I can do."

By the time McLaren told him that he was not in their plans for 2014, several teams had already confirmed their line-ups for 2014, leaving Perez with very few options.

But he jumped at the chance to move to Force India.

"I was close because the decision [from McLaren] came really late and I was not willing to join the smaller teams," he said.

"I'm very hungry and willing to prove myself in Formula 1 so I always thought that maybe if I don't get the drive at Force India it was going to be more difficult for me to stay in F1. Luckily we managed to get it and I'm really looking forward to the future ahead."

Despite moving from one of the top teams in F1 to a mid-table squad, Perez is optimistic that it will be a good move for his career.

"You never know what the future holds, especially in Formula 1. All what I'm hoping is to look back in a few years' time and say that it was the best that could have happened for my career," he said. "Hopefully by joining Force India it will be really good for my career in Formula 1. Obviously I have big targets in F1, big dreams, and I want to make them happen."

Vettel's Maiden Ferrari Run

Editor's Picks

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren have finally announced they are retaining Jenson Button for 2015. Here are ten reasons why they made the right choice...

PF1 Prediction Results

PF1 Prediction Results

The results are in and Frank Hopkinson turns into an oracle with his scary prediction about safety in F1...

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Andrew Davies looks at the outstanding race performances this season, not always by drivers who made it onto the podium...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...