Sergio Perez believes Racing Point are now back in prime position to take advantage of any slip-ups from the top three.
But, when something has gone wrong, that has presented the midfield runners with a golden opportunity to make it onto the podium.
After a strong start to the season Racing Point were starting to be reigned in by midfield rivals McLaren and Renault, though back-to-back P4 finishes for Perez has seen him rise to P5 in the Drivers’ Championship, while Racing Point are now ‘best of the rest’ P3 in the Constructors’ Championship.
And now that the ‘pink Mercedes’ has firmly emerged as a midfield leader again, Perez feels he is in the perfect place to take advantage of any issues that the top three drivers may encounter.
Asked by Channel 4 if he was happy to be mixing it with the big boys in 2020, Perez replied: “Yeah, it was nice to pass the Renaults (in Russia), it shows that we made some good progress during the season.
“We’re still far from Max and the Mercedes of Bottas, it’s important to be there in case there are any opportunities.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky for example in Monza. It was such a chaotic race, we were up there after qualifying fourth.
“All the race we were in a good position but then we just had a bit of bad luck.
“But we are progressively coming back in the season and it’s getting better and better.”
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Of course Perez will be leaving Racing Point next year with Sebastian Vettel taking his seat as the outfit transforms into Aston Martin.
When asked if the team could go on from here to challenge for race wins, Perez indeed pointed out that he won’t be around to see it, should that happen, but thinks under their new identity the team will be troubling the big names from 2021.
“I don’t know but I’m leaving this year,” he said with a smile.
“I think they definitely have a big potential coming up. I think they’re definitely going to be mixing it up with the big boys already from next year onward.”