Shanghai: Sergio Perez fears "a very painful year" lies ahead if Force India's roll out of their upgraded car this season proves a dud.
The team's B-spec model is not due to be unveiled until the Austrian GP in June. The hope is Perez and teammate Nico Hulkenberg will then finally be able to compete for points finishes.
If performance is lacking, however, Perez fears the worst. "We're hoping to make a big step forward," said Perez. "But if we don't make the step we're hoping for then it's going to be a very painful year."