He's called the 'Mexican Wunderkid' on the F1 circuit. Having joined Force India earlier this week, 23-year-old Sergio Perez is all set to ride on the Mexican wave going into the 2014 season.
McLaren left it late until November to decide on Perez and the Mexican was left in the dark as far as his future was concerned. But, with confirmation to race for the Vijay Mallya-owned side coming, there is a lot that 'Checo' has to look forward to.
“The notice from McLaren came very late. But I was lucky that Force India came calling. This may be my third team in three seasons but there's hunger and the desire to do well in the new season. Despite the gap between my former team and the new team being 45 points, there is no denying that Force India will be up for it. There's a lot to expect from Nico (Hulkenburg) and me,” Perez said in a teleconference on Friday.
As far as personal goals are concerned, Perez has set targets for the next year. <span data-scayt_word="" mclaren"="" data-scaytid="22">“Mclaren</span> and I didn't have the best of seasons last year. I knew I'll get my chance with Force India. The hopes are high and the dreams are big. A top five finish for Force India and me finishing closer to the top five would be sweet,” said the Mexican.</p> <p> Perez's best finish in his career came at the 2013 Indian <span data-scayt_word="GP" data-scaytid="13">GP</span> where he finished fifth. “It's sad to see the <span data-scayt_word="Buddh" data-scaytid="14">Buddh</span> circuit not on the list in 2014. With such fond memories, I hope the Grand Prix makes a return in 2015.”<br> <br> With <span data-scayt_word="FIA" data-scaytid="33">FIA</span> awarding double the number of points for the Abu Dhabi <span data-scayt_word="GP" data-scaytid="31">GP</span> for 2014, four-time world champ Sebastian <span data-scayt_word="Vettel" data-scaytid="34">Vettel</span> found this rule change “absurd”. But Perez felt otherwise. “It's great for the teams in the lower bunk of the standings. Normally, you see the championships already decided. But with this, there is a new-found motivation to win the final race. What could be better than the 2014 season going into its final race with everything to play for.”</p><p></p>