Sergio Perez has offered an explanation behind Racing Point’s uninspiring numbers at the first pre-season test.
The team formerly known as Force India are not just writing a new chapter, but a new book as they begin their first full season as a team backed by a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium.
But the first chapter is off to a slow start with just 248 laps posted over the course of the first four days, with only the doomed-looking Williams keeping them off bottom spot on the mileage charts.
Yet, there is no cause for alarm, according to Perez, with Racing Point having to work smart because of a factor which can affect all teams in winter testing.
“Because we’re having massive package upgrade for Melbourne, we are very limited on parts as in the past,” Perez said via Crash.Net.
“Right now you’re going to see low mileage from us, simply because we’re short on parts, we don’t want to risk it too much.
“The most important for us is to understand what’s going on with the balance, how we can make it better, how I can be more comfortable.
“I think on that regard we did good progress.”
Perez also has an interest in other matters, more specifically his home race in Mexico which is due to suffer a major funding blow and could see the race fall off the Formula 1 calendar.