(Motorsport-Total.com) – Racing Point appears with the “pink” Mercedes , like the RP 20 is called by the competition to have taken a step forward. If it is up to veteran Sergio Perez, the new car is the one to be confused with the silver arrow W 10 from the previous year the “best car” of his career looks similar.
After the fourth day of testing, on which Perez 84 laps , he sums up: “I think so, [das ist das beste Auto meiner Karriere]. This is the best, most solid package I've ever had in a season am. ” His group has chosen a new approach in development, and from the W 10 be inspired .
As a Mercedes engine customer, that's nothing reprehensible, the team argues. The competition, on the other hand, is not very enthusiastic, after all, Racing Point is already sensing the podium air. “I would be very happy if we were so competitive. But frankly, it is difficult to find out, turned into as soon as the others do,” admits Perez.
At the end of the He will have a clearer picture of test drives. “But we will only know where we really stand in Melbourne. There are still many areas in which we have to improve, among other things.” This is also confirmed by performance director Tom McCullough.
“With more kilometers under our belt, we found a few problem areas on the car, we had a few problems with the sensors, turned into as soon as usa took a bit of time this morning. ” With 127 laps Racing Point was able to finish the third most.
Perez hopes that his good feeling will also prove true in Australia. “The car is working very well at the moment. There are good signs, but we still have work to do before Melbourne. Hopefully we can be as well prepared as possible.”
He dreams of the top teams challenge in the last year before the rule changes. “I think the top teams are still very strong,” he also has to admit. “He definitely wants to counter the team's traditional season with a weak start to the season and a better second half.
“We always tended to be good in the second half of the season. It will be a strong start for the first time, I think. “Even if Racing Point won't keep up with the top 3, the Group is in a very competitive midfield.
” We know that everyone just gets stronger as the season progresses. It is therefore not so important where you are at the start in Melbourne, but rather where you are in Abu Dhabi. “Racing Point could fall behind a bit because still seems unclear whether the group will bring updates at all .