Sahara Force India’s (SFI) new recruit Sergio Perez believes that the upcoming season of Formula One will witness a more level-playing field, thanks to the new rules and engines coming into play from 2014.
“Yes, it (new rules) will make the sport a level playing field. It will be a close season as it will be a new challenge, where some teams can get it wrong and some will get it right. It will be a season where development will be the key,” Perez told MiD DAY yesterday. However, the 23-year-old was unsure whether the new rules and the new engines could finally end Red Bull’s quadruple World Champion German Sebastian Vettel’s sheer dominance in the sport.
“Sebastian will be a series contender for sure, no doubt about it. Let’s see how things pan out, but he will be a big player,” he added.
The Mexican, who finished 11th last season, has set his sights on leading SFI to a Top 5 finish this season after helping McLaren pip the Silverstone-based team to the same position in 2013.
“I think a Top 5 finish Force India next season will be a good finish. There are a lot of competitive and young drivers out there but we are a very strong and hungry team. “I am really looking forward to next year and working with teammate Nico (Hulkenberg). We have a strong line-up and we would look to take the team forward and show that we are strong opponents,” Perez added.