McLaren's Sergio Perez has said he will go to the Hungarian Grand Prix next week with 'realistic ambitions'.
Perez was encouraged by his eighth place finish in Germany at the start of the month – his first top-ten finish since the Spanish GP in mid-May - and while he knows the team won't be challenging the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus, he is still confident he will be able to leave Budapest with more points on the board.
“I'm going to Hungary with realistic ambitions and after a positive weekend at the Nurburgring, we're focused on further improving and understanding MP4-28,” said the Mexican. “I think the race in Germany showed that, when things come together, we're able to be a force in the race, even if we can't quite set the pace at the front. That is extremely motivating during a difficult year.”
Perez hasn't had much luck at the Hungaroring in recent years, but did better when he was in GP2, finishing third in the Feature race in 2010, and he is keen to do as well as he can prior to F1's summer hiatus.
“I haven't had the best results in my two previous outings at the Hungaroring, which is a shame,” Perez continued. “[But] I enjoy the circuit, have usually qualified well there, and think the race is a great event for F1.
“Hungary is [also] the last race of the first 'half' of 2013; it's the final event before the official summer break and for everybody on the race team, or working back at the MTC, it would be great to send everybody off on their summer holidays with another strong points finish,” he concluded.