Sergio Perez believes Racing Point have fallen behind their midfield rivals despite scoring points in Australia and Bahrain.
After finishing ninth fastest of the ten teams in pre-season testing, Racing Point brought a heavily upgraded car to Melbourne where Lance Stroll would finish P9.
Perez would follow that up with P10 in Bahrain, but that isn’t enough to cause optimism for the 29-year-old.
“I think the upgrade that we brought to the start of the season, we didn’t have enough time to test or to work on it,” Perez told reporters ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
“I think that’s put us on the back foot at the moment in the midfield group. We scored points in Melbourne and now in Bahrain, but at the moment, we are not fast enough, we are not where we want to be.”
With the fresh cash injection from the team’s new owners, headed by billionaire Lawrence Stroll, Racing Point had planned to bring an upgrade to every race of 2019.
— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) April 11, 2019
Perez hopes this will help them stay the course in an extremely tight midfield pack, showcased by Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo who has missed out on Q3 in both rounds of the 2019 season by a combined 0.55s.
“I think we’ve proven in the past that it’s a very long season,” said Perez.
“It doesn’t matter where you are now, it’s where you get to in Abu Dhabi.
“I think we are understanding our issues, we have a lot of work to do and I’m pretty confident that we’re going to meet our targets for this season.”