Formula One will be more level-playing field in 2014: Sergio Perez

Published: 14 December, 2013 03:57 IST | Amit Kamath |

Force India's new driver believes the upcoming season will present a new challenge thanks to the new rules and engines coming into play from

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.

Sergio Perez
Sahara Force India’s new driver Sergio Perez (left) with team principal Vijay Mallya in London on Thursday. Pic/Getty Images.

“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.

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