Sergio Perez believes he is in a “good position” to move up the grid come 2019, admitting that this year’s campaign is important for his aspirations.
Although Perez was linked to a move to Renault for 2017, the Mexican racer opted to remain with Force India as he felt the team offered his best chance of progressing up the grid in the years to come.
That year could be 2019.
With drivers out of contract at the top-three teams come the end of this season, Perez is hoping that another solid campaign with Force India will put him in the shop window.
“It’s such an important year,” he told Motorsport.com.
“There will be a lot of movements around Formula 1 in 2019 so it’s important to be quick from the beginning next year.
“I believe in F1, everyone is looking at you not only in one race or one year but many years.
“When you look at what I’ve done in the last few years, I believe I’m in a good position.”
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He added: “I believe if the opportunity ever comes, I am totally prepared, very complete on the aspects as a driver and a person.
“That can make a big difference if the opportunity ever comes. I believe I will move up the grid, I believe there will be a chance.”
The former McLaren driver, who had a tough season with the Woking team who he joined just three years into his F1 career, concedes he will be disappointed if he never gets the chance to fight for a World title.
“I will have the regret that I never had the chance to show I can fight for titles, win titles. But there is nothing you can do.
“I’ve shown what I can do in Formula 1 but I want more and I feel that I can do a lot more than this.”