What does Sergio Perez think Force India can achieve in the 2nd half of 2016?

perezForce India driver, Sergio Perez, is adamant the motivation to catch Williams-Martini Racing in the Constructors World Championship is what makes himself and the team stronger.

Due to a lack of form in 2016, Williams haven’t been able to bridge a gap to Force India in the Constructors like previous years. This has led to only a mere 15 points separating both teams.

“Being in the battle for fourth place in the championship gives us a lot of motivation and we approach every weekend knowing we can be strong,” Perez said ahead of this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix.

He also said: “We have been really strong in the last few races before the break and hopefully we can keep this form in the second part of the season.”

Nico Hulkenberg of Force India races Williams driver, Valtteri Bottas, in the Austrian Grand Prix

Out of the previous 3 races, Force India have recorded 5 out of a possible 6 points finishes to close down the gap to Williams. With Spa and Monza heading a back to back in the next two weeks, Force India will have to be on their game to ensure Williams don’t reopen the gap on the power-dominated tracks.

Spa has generally required downforce as much as straight-line speed and thus should keep Force India relatively in the fight, but it’s likely Williams will sprint away in Monza.

Following these races, it’s highly likely Williams will run out of opportunities to hold off Force India as downforce dominated tracks such as Singapore, Japan and Brazil will bring the latter up to speed.

If Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are truly set on taking 4th in the Constructors they are going to have to stick with the Williams over the next two weekends and not let them get away. If they can’t, Williams could potentially bridge a gap too big for Force India to climb in the later races of 2016

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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