The Mexican finished ninth at the last race in Spain, after all 11 teams fitted their first major upgrade packages. Mercedes pulled further ahead of Red Bull Racing, while both Force India cars finished behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, the two Ferrari drivers and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus.
The next race takes place around the streets of Monte Carlo. It is one of his favourite tracks. “It’s a big challenge and I have always believed it’s a circuit where the driver can really make a difference,” he said.
“So you always have the chance to do something special there. It’s not the most difficult lap of the year, but you have to always keep your concentration.
“I enjoy Casino Square. It’s quick and you have to be very precise with the way you position the car. The other thing that makes Monaco so special is the fact that it’s unique in every aspect. Every corner is iconic and there is no other race like it.”
When asked if he is expecting any surprises, he replied: “I don’t believe that there will be a major surprise and I expect the same teams to be at the front. It’s hard to predict how strong we will be, but I hope we can continue our good form.”
His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg shared a similar view ahead of the weekend: “I think it will be a normal track for us. As far as the pecking order is concerned, it’s very tight and competitive at the moment so we need to keep working hard and keep developing.”
Force India is currently fourth in the constructors’ standings, nine points behind Ferrari and 11 ahead of Williams. Hulkenberg and Perez are sixth and 10th respectively in the drivers’ championship.
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