Pérez: Now harder to score good points
14 September 2013 – Sergio Pérez says it is getting increasingly difficult for teams such as McLaren to take home large points hauls in the second half of the 2013 season, with those involved in the battle for titles maintaining a high rate of car development until the final round.
After enduring a troublesome start to the campaign with its MP4-28 chassis, McLaren soon found itself at a crossroads with regards to next year's regulation overhaul. This led the Woking-based outfit to switch its design focus, while other trailing teams have adopted a similar approach in an attempt to gain a jump on their frontrunning rivals.
And although McLaren still plans to introduce upgrades at the final seven flyaways, Pérez admits they will not be as significant as the season's main contenders.
"Obviously, the fight at the sharp end of the championship means that the top three or four teams are still pushing hard to develop their current cars, whereas some of the others are looking more towards 2014," Pérez, 23, said of the crucial balancing act. "That means it's getting slightly harder to score good points in the remaining races.
"However, we've still got developments coming – most with an eye to next year."
Of his chances at next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, Pérez added: "I've finished in the points in my two previous visits, so, after the disappointment of just failing to get home in the top 10 at Monza, a points finish next weekend will clearly be my aim."
McLaren currently holds fifth position in the Constructors' standings on 66 points.