Sergio Perez believes a “fundamental” problem with Racing Point’s RP19 cost them performance in 2019.
In what was the team’s first full season in F1 after Lawrence Stroll’s consortium bought the bankrupt Force India in August 2018, Racing Point would secure P7 in the Constructors’ Championship, with Lance Stroll scoring their best finish with P4 in Germany.
Perez feels the race pace was there, but so was a “fundamental” issue which held the team back.
“I think qualifying hasn’t been as strong but race-pace has been very strong as usual,” the Mexican driver told MotorsportWeek.com.
“I think it’s some fundamental thing with the car, it’s been very difficult on new tyres. It’s been so bad you cannot improve.
“And it has been so much circuit-related this year, some we were strong and others we were really bad.
“That midfield group was so tight that two tenths in one sector would put you off.”
Perez feels that the team “paid a price from a late change last year” and wants to be more competitive in 2020, hopefully to the stage where Racing Point are level with the “top four teams in that midfield group”.
“We just [need] to fundamentally improve the pace to be at least on par with the top four teams in that midfield group,” he explained.
“If we are in a position to compete from the first race then it can look very different.”