Sergio Perez admits McLaren could threaten Force India’s ‘best of the rest’ tag when they swap to Renault power in 2018.
Although Force India finished best of the rest behind F1’s top three teams in 2016, and look set to do so again this year, one could argue that they have benefitted from McLaren’s demise.
The Woking team has had a torrid team with engine partner Honda, so much so that at the end of this season they are parting ways and instead swapping to Renault engines.
And that, Perez says, could make them a threat come 2018.
“Renault will be a threat but the one I’m more concerned about is McLaren,” said the Mexican driver.
“McLaren will be quite strong if all what they’ve been saying about their chassis is true. They should be quite strong next year.
“You will have the Renaults, McLarens and Williams so it will not be an easy one.”
Perez, though, says he believes Force India can take the fight to F1’s bigger teams.
He added: “But all the time I have been in this team people have underestimated us and look where we are. There is good potential.”