Perez: Racing Point’s growth potential unmatched

Date published: January 18 2020

Sergio Perez believes no other team can match Racing Point's potential for growth in 2020.

Sergio Perez believes no other F1 team has the potential to improve to the level which Racing Point can in 2020.

2019 proved to be a year of frustration for Racing Point – Perez had hoped to finish the season with the fourth-fastest car on the grid, but that didn’t materialise as they were forced to settle for P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.

Much of this though was blamed on the “legacy” of the financial problems which caused the team’s former incarnation as Force India to financially collapse in the summer of 2018.

But headed now by Lawrence Stroll’s consortium the funds are flowing, so Perez feels that no other team on the grid has the potential for growth that Racing Point does.

“There is very big, huge potential in this team,” he told Motorsport.com.

“I think [in 2020] we should be able to see it.

“I don’t think there is a team that can grow as much as this one already [for 2020], and [the new ruleset in] 2021 is a big opportunity for us to mix with the big boys.

“I think this season, the way I see this, we kind of expected to have a bit of a setback.

“I think the momentum, it’s with us. Things are looking great, especially for next year. I think it’s is a big year coming up for us because it’s absolutely the first year where we will see the new administration of the team get into play.”

Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll also sees 2020 as an opportunity, believing Racing Point now have something of a “head start” compared to their predicament going into 2019.

“Everyone’s going to keep working as hard as they can over the winter, that’s the game, but hopefully we will make the biggest jump,” he said.

“So I really do look forward [to 2020]. If I look back on this year [2019], we came into the season with some struggles because of where we were this time last year and the troubles that the team had and that really delayed the process of development.

“So if I look at where we where we stand now and going into next year [2020], definitely we got a head start on where we were this time last year, so that really does excite me.

“But it is such a competitive midfield now that will only find out when when Melbourne comes around.”

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